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BIDFORD-ON-AVON Bridge was closed to traffic yesterday evening (Thursday) after a vehicle hit the parapet wall. Police closed the bridge to traffic as an engineer examined the damage. Pedestrians continued to use the bridge.

The bridge was closed by police early on Thursday evening. Photo: Mark Williamson
The bridge was closed by police early on Thursday evening.                                                            Photo: Mark Williamson

Barriers were later put in place to secure the damaged area. The bridge was later opened to traffic.

The bridge — which dates back to medieval times — hit the national headlines when it was partially destroyed in June 2015 after an agricultural vehicle crashed into a wall of the structure and sent masonry flying into the River Avon below.

An engineer was quickly on the scene to access the damage. Photo: Mark Williamson
An engineer was quickly on the scene to access the damage.                                                           Photo: Mark Williamson

On that occasion the bridge had to be closed for several months while specialist repair work was carried out.

The final repair bill then was put at £390,000 and closure of the bridge – particularly for such a long period – caused serious inconvenience to traders in the village and to motorists who used it on a regular basis.

Police tape surrounded the wall which had earlier been hit by a vehicle. Photo: Mark Williamson
Police tape surrounded the wall which had earlier been hit by a vehicle.                                           Photo: Mark Williamson
Local fire fighters arrived to offer assistance. Photo: Mark Williamson
Local fire fighters arrived to offer assistance.                                                                                  Photo: Mark Williamson
The engineer on the scene checked for damage at the foot of the historic bridge. Photo: Mark Williamson
The engineer on the scene checked for damage at the foot of the historic bridge.                             Photo: Mark Williamson


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