WORK to improve the riverside in Darlington's town centre has been completed.

The £50,000 project, funded by the Government's Single Regeneration Programme has involved work being carried out on a 130-metre stretch of the riverside between Leadyard Bridge and Stone Bridge.

The work, which was part of a town centre environmental improvement scheme, included the erection of traditional-style railings and 18 stone pillars.

David Lyonette, Darlington Borough Council's cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: "The existing railings had been in place since the inner ring road was built in 1969 and they were pretty drab.

"The council's town centre development strategy identified the River Skerne in the town centre as an under-used asset.

"The work we have just completed was one of the proposals to improve the area and restore some of its character."