Footbridge repair work starting in Shrewsbury

Porthill bridge, Shrewsbury
Image caption Porthill Footbridge will be closed from 12 March

Work has started to repair and refurbish a Shrewsbury footbridge in a scheme estimated to cost about £550,000.

Porthill Footbridge, which crosses the River Severn, will be closed from 12 March until late July.

The work includes repainting the entire bridge and replacing its timber deck.

A ferry service, costing 50p a journey, will connect The Boathouse Inn with the Quarry park in a scheme subsidised by the pub and Shropshire Council.

A Shropshire Council spokesman said preparation work for the bridge closure began on Monday with huts being installed for the contractors.

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