COUNCIL bosses have secured government funding totalling £4.12m to repair two of the town's busiest road bridges.

Funding will see Waterloo Street and Wellington Street bridges overhauled, say town hall highways chiefs.

This forms part of a wider scheme which should see all of the bridges along Oldham Way strengthened.

Roads officials say the work will involve strengthening steel beams and reinforcement inside the structures, which have corroded over the years, as well as repairing the concrete, plus surfacing and waterproofing to prevent similar damage re-occurring.

Another £1.83m was recently awarded to upgrade a number of roads across the borough.

Cllr Barbara Brownridge, neighbourhoods and culture cabinet member, said: “Our officers have done a great job in securing this funding and deserve to be congratulated on their work.

“These bridges are some of our most used sections of road and are beginning to show their age, which is why we asked for this money.

“When the work is completed, they should be fit for purpose for years to come.

“We know good roads and infrastructure are important to residents which is why we are continuing to bid for funding and investing money in them.”

Work is also being finalised on removing the old footbridge near the former Mumps train station, after it was struck by a lorry.