THE scale of the operation to remove an old footbridge across York's River Ouse is revealed in these pictures, released this afternoon by City of York Council.

A rail crane was used to lift the old pedestrian and cycle section of Scarborough Bridge on Saturday night, while no trains were running.

The footbridge - which was used by 3,000 people daily - is set to be replaced with a new pedestrian and cycle bridge as part of a £4 million upgrade.

The new bridge will be lifted into place by crane from the railway track in two separate phases using two further overnight lifts in the coming weeks.

It will offer step-free access with ramps as well as new external steps leading to the riverside paths.

On the southern side a new path on the top of the embankment will mean that users can travel directly between York Station and the new bridge providing a traffic free scenic route to the city centre.