'Fabric' of Shropshire Iron bridge not at risk, says heritage group

Iron bridge The Ironbridge Gorge is currently undergoing a £17.6m land stabilisation project

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Laser scanning and computer modelling have been used to check the structure of the world's first iron bridge.

English Heritage says the 235-year-old structure, built in Ironbridge, Shropshire, is in "largely good condition".

A spokesman said a list of "conservation maintenance, decoration and repairs" was being prioritised.

The Ironbridge Gorge, a World Heritage Site, is currently undergoing a £17.6m stabilisation project.

Work is expected to be completed by 2016. The bridge itself was strengthened in the 1970s and its condition has been closely analysed due to the pioneering techniques used in its construction.

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