Christmas lights on bridge hit by perennial problem

Christmas lights on the Royal Tweed Bridge in Berwick have been hit by an intermittent fault.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 13 December, 2018, 09:36

New lights were purchased by Berwick Rotary Club for this year’s display but the power to them is prone to being tripped.

The issue is not easily rectified because it requires a cherry picker to access the trip switch.

Berwick Town Council clerk Gareth Davies told members of the local services committee: “There is an issue with some of the kit installed since the lights were upgraded.

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“There is a trip switch which is 20 feet off the ground which means you need a cherry picker to re-set it. It doesn’t make sense. If you know it’s an area where it’s going to trip, putting the trip switch in an area where someone doesn’t need a cherry picker seems pretty logical.”

He revealed there had been some discussions with county council staff about why it keeps tripping.

Coun Karin Graham said there was no trench for the light cables and, as a result, they could be more easily damaged. She said the pavement road sweeper was a chief cause of the problem.