Shropshire

Coalport Bridge opens after repairs

Coalport Bridge
Image caption Coalport Bridge was damaged after a wall collapsed in December

A historical bridge in Shropshire has reopened following major repairs.

Coalport Bridge closed to traffic in August to allow repairs caused by the collapse of a wall in December.

The listed structure and scheduled ancient monument was built in 1818 and won an award for restoration work in 2005.

Its closure has meant long detours and the local Woodbridge Inn said it hoped the reopening would reverse a dip in trade over recent months.

The bridge, like its more famous neighbour the Iron Bridge, is built of cast iron and carries the Broseley to Coalport road over the River Severn.

Local councillor Jean Jones said the bridge was one of several major routes in the area closed over recent months and its reopening was welcomed by residents.

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