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Grade II listed bridge reopened after refurbishment


A popular Grade II listed bridge spanning the River Wye is being reopened today, Friday 26 May, following its refurbishment.


Vital maintenance and refurbishment work has been taking place on the Tintern Wireworks Bridge, which lies on the border of Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire, to prevent it from becoming unsafe to use.

The bridge is jointly owned by Gloucestershire County Council and Monmouthshire County Council, with Gloucestershire having the responsibility for bridge inspections and maintenance.

It was identified as being in poor condition and in need of significant repairs, so refurbishment work got under way in August 2022 to stop it deteriorating further.

Work carried out included a full deck replacement, removing the old timber structure and replacing it with much lighter steel beams and easier to maintain lightweight wooden deck boards. The site’s heritage has been retained by keeping the anti-tank foundations on the Gloucestershire side, which date back to wartime, along with other historic features of the bridge.

The final work has now been completed and the bridge is being reopened by the end of the day today to pedestrians and cyclists. There is also an agreement in place to allow light vehicles to access individual properties and land on the Gloucestershire side.

Cllr Dom Morris, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It’s great news that work on this iconic bridge has now been completed and it has reopened. This vital work will ensure the bridge is available for people to use for many years to come.

“I would like to thank people for their patience while this painstaking work was carried out.”

Cllr Catrin Maby, Monmouthshire County Council’s cabinet member for climate change and the environment, said: “It’s wonderful to see the Wireworks bridge open again to the public after its refurbishment. I am grateful for the patience and understanding of the local community over the past nine months while the bridge has been closed. I hope residents and visitors alike enjoy seeing the bridge back to its former glory.”

Local Gloucestershire county councillor Cllr Chris McFarling said: “I’m pleased the bridge has been reopened and I’d like to thank residents for their understanding and patience during the closure. Its reopening is great news for the local community and will encourage more visitors to the area, boosting tourism and the local economy.”

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