Thames crossing reopens after road works at Newbridge

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The 13th Century bridge is a scheduled ancient monument

A Thames river crossing in Oxfordshire has been reopened earlier than expected after a week of road repairs.

Resurfacing work on the A415 at Newbridge has been completed two days ahead of schedule and the road is now open again to traffic.

The closure, which began on 19 February, was due continue until Sunday, with diversions via Bampton and Buckland.

The route, which links Abingdon and Witney, was reopened on Friday.

The county council is considering building a new crossing near the A415 to alleviate pressure on the 13th Century bridge, which is a scheduled ancient monument.

Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet member for transport, Rodney Rose, said: "When roads have to close for essential work such as this, it inevitably causes disruption for motorists and I'm pleased we have been able to get this job done ahead of schedule."

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