IT WAS closed for months while repair work was done, but the Northern Road bridge in Cosham will have a bright new look thanks to school pupils.
Children from Year 4 at Medina Primary have been working with artist Elaine Tribley on different designs to grace the finished bridge. Youngsters went to the site and learnt about what is being done there.
Elaine said: ‘They had a brilliant time. ‘The bridge is going to be there for at least 120 years which is their whole lifetime.
‘It’s nice that the local community is involved in that.
‘These guys are the future of Cosham. It’s nice that their work will be here for about 120 years.
‘Their children and grandchildren will be able to see it too which is lovely.’
The children are studying old and new maps of the bridge as well as railway and bus networks.
They will make patterns about the geography of the landscape around Cosham and creating a future map of the area.
Their work will be used to create a final design with other community groups.
Pupil Dolly Savage, nine, said: ‘It’s fun because I like doing hands-on activities. It was fun when we got to go under the bridge and see all the trains.’
Ellie Wilcox, nine, added: ‘It’s creative and it’s fun learning about bridges and making things.’
Year 4 teacher Enola Harrison, said: ‘They have been down to the bridge to see how the development was taking place. They have been inspired by that.
‘They have been interested to learn about bridges.
‘Now they are learning to contribute towards the design of the bridge.’
She added: ‘They will be quite proud of it.’