Sign work move with the times

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A SERIES of digital signs are being used to alert motorists to road closures and diversions caused by work on the pedestrian bridge to the new Saints stadium.

The signs were installed along the St Helens Linkway last week as work began in earnest on the £1.5m bridge which will link the town centre with the stadium site.

The eye-catching pedestrian and cycle bridge will cross over the A58 Linkway East to connect the existing Ravenhead Greenway pedestrian route to the former United Glass site.

Cash for the development of the striking steel structure has been stumped up by St Helens Council as part of the £6m they pledged to the stadium project to improve infrastructure around the site.

The futuristic design - in Saints’ classic red and white - will see 16 steel hangers set along either side and a steel arch extending from bank to bank over the busy dual carriageway.

The bridge is also set to feature long-life low energy lighting, which will be concealed within the deck.

A spokeswoman for St Helens Council said the digital traffic displays had only been installed for the duration of the work on the bridge.

Saints are in the process of completing the stadium, and will soon reveal opponents in the opening friendly.