Why is footbridge closed for so long?

The news that the footbridge from Marmion Terrace to Norham Road in Monkseaton is to be closed for six weeks for repairs really is almost unbelievable (News Guardian, July 10).

This footbridge is used daily by hundreds of people to connect Monkseaton to Whitley Bay and is an essential link.

They have already demolished the footbridge at Monkseaton stiation.

I am told a brand new footbridge could be made and fitted in a fortnight, is the Metro to dismantle the bridge then go on holiday?

Charles Hall

Monkseaton