VIDEO: Watch South Yorkshire bridge being demolished by ‘pulverising-chewing machine’

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A major South Yorkshire bridge which has stood for 30 years has been ripped down as part of a redevelopment scheme.

Kendray Street bridge has been demolished as part of the Better Barnsley town centre redevelopment scheme.

Barnsley bridge demolition, the fireworks mark the start of the project

Barnsley bridge demolition, the fireworks mark the start of the project

A town centre feature for over 30 years, the bridge was demolished using a pulverising-chewing machine which first “chews” the parapet of the bridge off and then takes the rest apart, bit by bit, over the whole day.

Coun Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “This is a really exciting development in our plans to create a Better Barnsley. We’re creating a better town centre, to attract more visitors, create more jobs, and make Barnsley a better place to live, work and visit.

“We are creating space for new retailers, cafes and restaurants, promoting a leisure lifestyle and attracting visitors.”

All the concrete created by the demolition will be 100 per cent recycled into construction aggregate for re- use in and around Barnsley. All reinforcing steel will be also be 100 per cent recycled.

Barnsley bridge demolition, the fireworks mark the start of the project

Barnsley bridge demolition, the fireworks mark the start of the project

UPDATE: Kendray Street will be closed until midday on Friday (August 31) after demolition works hit a snag.

A spokesman for Barnsley Council said: “Following the bridge demolition on Kendray Street today, the road closure has been extended until midday tomorrow (Friday, 31 July)

“When the works were planned, it was anticipated that the structural supports on each side of the bridge would remain in place until the demolition of both Central Offices and the TEC building.

“However, today’s demolition revealed that the left hand side support was not stable, meaning had to be removed.

Barnsley bridge demolition, the giant jaws bite chunks off the bridge

Barnsley bridge demolition, the giant jaws bite chunks off the bridge

“Taxi drivers are being notified and road users are reminded that access to Midland Street is for taxi and servicing use only.

“Barnsley Council thanks people in advance for their patience during this short extension to the works.”