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Searching for the ultimate industrial cleaning agent, engineers have turned to washing up liquid to remove a black oil slick from the north east pier of Telford's Menai Bridge. On top of each of the Menai Bridge's masonry piers sits a bath containing around 1m 3of oil, which lubricates and protects the roller bearings to which its suspension chains are attached. Over the last two decades, oil has leaked from the bath on the north east pier, creating a stain from the pier head to deck ...

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