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Stow Causeway Bridge reopened by Norfolk County Council after emergency closure

A village bridge which was closed due to a “serious structural defect” has reopened – much to the delight of a nearby pub owner.

Stow Causeway Bridge’s condition resulted in an emergency response after Norfolk County Council carried out an inspection at the site in October.

The bridge, in Stow Bridge, was closed on October 25 while the county council investigated whether a temporary support could be placed until permanent work is carried out.

Stow Causeway Bridge has reopened. Picture: Google Maps
Stow Causeway Bridge has reopened. Picture: Google Maps

On November 22, the council confirmed that it was in the position to install a temporary support in place of the missing bearing, which was put in place the following day.

This allowed the bridge to be opened to all normal traffic, including HGVs, on the weekend of November 25-26.

A council statement said: “We are now looking at a long term repair solution, which at some stage will require the bridge to be closed to all traffic, this may also include all pedestrian movements over the bridge.

“Consultation will take place with all affected businesses, to see what is the best time of year to carry out permanent repairs to minimise disruption.

“The signed diversion route will remain in place until the bridge re-opens with pedestrian access being maintained at all times.”

Tracey Elflett, who runs The Heron pub in the village, said she is pleased that the bridge is reopen – and is looking forward to a busy influx of visitors over the festive period.

She had been frustrated by diversion routes during the closure, saying that potential customers had to drive an extra six miles just to reach the pub.

However, now that they are able to use normal travel routes again, she is excited to see people return once again.

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