Shropshire

Porthill footbridge in Shrewsbury closes for repairs

Porthill bridge, Shrewsbury
Image caption Porthill Footbridge is due to reopen in time for Shrewsbury Flower Show on 10 August

A Shrewsbury footbridge has been closed for "essential" repairs, expected to last four months.

Shropshire Council said work on Porthill Bridge was estimated to cost about £550,000.

The work includes repairs to the steel structure and the replacement of its wooden deck.

A ferry service has been launched to connect The Boathouse Inn with the Quarry park in a scheme subsidised by the pub and the local authority.

It is scheduled to operate from about 08:00 GMT to 19:00 GMT during the closure and cost 50p a trip.

The bridge is expected to reopen by the end of July.

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