Hereford & Worcester

Evesham bridge: Cheap parking extended 'to help traders'

Artist's impression of remodelled Abbey Bridge
Image caption The £8m scheme to replace Evesham's Abbey Bridge began in September

A parking discount scheme introduced to help traders in a Worcestershire town while its main bridge is being rebuilt is to be extended.

Evesham bridge reopened on Monday, months later than planned. Contractors had blamed delays on bad weather

Worcestershire County Council said discounts will now continue in April.

Councillor John Smith said the delays were "bitterly disappointing" and the offer was being extended "to help our traders".

Some businesses in Evesham said they had been affected by the work.

Jeremy Davies, from Bridge Street-based locksmith Amber-locks, said takings were down by £8,000.

The bridge's official opening is expected to take place on 31 March.

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