A fascinating spectacle awaits those who head down to Langport on Monday

If you’ve ever wanted to see a bridge being built, then you should head down to Langport in Somerset on Monday.

At noon, a crane will lift a 13-tonne, 90ft section of bridge 50ft into the air before lowering it down over the River Parret.

The Cocklemoor Bridge, as it will become known, is to be the centrepiece in a series of public artworks to celebrate the Parrett Trail, the 47-mile footpath that runs alongside the river from source to mouth.

The project has been funded by Somerset County Council’s Local Transport Plan, the Levels and Moors Partnership, the Arts Lottery, South Somerset District Council and Leader Plus – all of which are hoping the bridge becomes a Somerset landmark.

Somerset County Council’s portfolio holder for adult and community services, councillor Justin Robinson, said: “This is a ground breaking project for the County Council which will deliver massive benefits to the community. The Parrett Trail is a great asset for Somerset and this contemporary and striking bridge will be the jewel in its crown, allowing the whole community to safely enjoy the trail.”