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Popular Bibury footbridge to be replaced


Gloucestershire County Council will replace a wooden footbridge in the Cotswold village later this month.

The existing timber footbridge over the River Coln is wearing away so the county council is set to take it out and install a new one made from a robust hard wood called Ekki.

From 12 noon on Tuesday 28th June the existing footbridge will close and a diversion will be in place for pedestrians.

To minimise disruption the main work will be carried out at night time.

From 8pm on 28th June the B4425 will be closed to traffic so that a crane can lift out the existing bridge and lift in the new one overnight.

A signed diversion will direct traffic around, and the road will reopen at 6am on Wednesday 29th June.

Completion work will continue during Wednesday daytime and the new footbridge is expected to open to the public by 4pm.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, "It'll be great to get the new footbridge in place. It's well used by local people and visitors and it's also a popular spot for wedding photos. I've heard that some brides have been getting their shoes stuck in the timber which has worn away, so I'm sure they will appreciate our improvements too."

Cllr Shaun Parsons, vice chairman of Gloucestershire County Council and local county councillor for Bibury said, "I'm delighted that the replacement footbridge is being installed.

"It's a very important crossing for residents and visitors alike, particularly in summer months. It will allow people to cross the river safely without having to share a narrow road bridge with vehicles."

Once in place, the new wooden bridge is expected to last for the next 40 years.

The county council's highway crews work around the clock every day of the year to keep Gloucestershire safe and moving. Anyone on Twitter can follow @GlosRoads to find out what is being worked on at the moment and look out for the hashtag #highways365 for the latest updates.

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