WORKS on a bridge in the centre of Kendal which caused tailbacks for motorists have been completed and re-opened a week early, said Network Rail today.

The Longpool railway bridge, which is around 170 years old, was repainted and had steel repairs carried out to it, as well as 'pigeon-proofing' measures put in place, after complaints from residents.

Network Rail said the £400,000 investment will extend the life of the bridge and reduce the need for future maintenance - meaning less disruption for the town and local people.

Ian Joslin, Network Rail’s area director, said: “This work has restored an historic structure which is one of the gateways to Kendal. We worked closely with the local authority to minimise disruption to motorists as much as possible and, through careful planning and safe and efficient working, we have been able to fully reopen the bridge a week early.

"I’d like to thank local people and businesses for their patience while this essential work was carried out.”