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Bridge remains closed due to safety fears

PUBLISHED: 11:51 04 October 2019 | UPDATED: 11:51 04 October 2019

A bridleway bridge at Tharston has been closed to walkers and riders due to safety fears. Picture: Archant Library

A bridleway bridge at Tharston has been closed to walkers and riders due to safety fears. Picture: Archant Library

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A bridge remains closed to pedestrians and horse riders over concerns about its safety.

Location of bridleway bridge closed for safety reasons. Picture: Norfolk County CouncilLocation of bridleway bridge closed for safety reasons. Picture: Norfolk County Council

The wooden bridge on a popular bridleway at Tharston, near Long Stratton, has been closed to users until further notice with no date set for repairs.

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Norfolk County Council said a routine inspection of the bridge, which is on bridleway BR16, identified damage to structural timbers, making it currently unsafe for equestrian users and walkers.

Closure notices first went up on August 7 saying the route could only be used on a 'to-the-bridge and back' basis for safety reasons but no progress on repairs has happened since.

The council added: "This restriction is temporary until suitable repairs to the bridge can be made. Repairs will be made as soon as possible however unfortunately we currently do not have a date for when these repairs can be carried out as it is subject to available budget and resources. The council thanks people for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience."

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