A contractor has been named for the installation of a footbridge over a soon-to-be restored canal in the UK’s Midlands region.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust has named local construction firm O’Brien Contractors for the build and installation of the 38m footbridge near Staveley. The bridge will link two of the region’s long-distance footpaths – the Arkwright Trail and The Trans Pennine Trail.

The proposed design for the bridge over the Chesterfield Canal at Staveley (The Chesterfield Canal Trust)

The bridge will be installed in the summer and formally opened in September.

The Canal Trust has restored 12 miles (19.3km) of the canal since 1989, and has 9 miles (14.5km) to go. The restoration, including the new bridge, is being funded by Staveley Town Deal, a government levelling up project, with the aim of providing outdoor facilities.