Shropshire

Neen Sollars flood-damaged bridge 'to open in October'

Bridge over River Rea in Neen Sollars
Image caption A section of the walls and parapet collapsed after floods in July

A bridge badly damaged by floods in July is expected to reopen in October, Shropshire Council has said.

The Grade-II listed Rea Bridge in Neen Sollars has been closed to traffic since 14 July, when part of the structure collapsed.

A number of people also had to be rescued from floodwater in the village.

Shropshire Council said repair work was due to start on 3 September and expected to be finished within six weeks.

The work will involve rebuilding the bridge walls and parapet, and repairing the road surface.

The damage was caused after flash flooding led to the River Rea level rising 20ft (6m) higher than normal.

Villagers said the closure had effectively split the community in half.

Pedestrians and cyclists have been able to cross the bridge, although drivers have faced a seven-mile detour.

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