There could be hope on the horizon for vital repair works to be carried out on the Union Chain Bridge linking England with Scotland.
There have long been fears that the oldest surviving iron chain suspension bridge still in use in Europe could be closed due to a lack of funds for repairs.
However, Northumberland County Council has indicated that it is prepared to stump up part of the estimated £5 million repair bill.
It has pencilled in £500,000 for the project in its medium term capital investment plan, starting in 2015-16.
A County Council spokesman said: “The maintenance of the bridge rests jointly with Scottish Borders Council and Northumberland County Council.”
However, last year, Scottish Borders Council admitted that closure ‘remains a possibility but it is something we will be seeking to avoid’.