Ovington village bridge collapse leaves village 'isolated'

  • 7 January 2013
  • From the section Tees

Villagers are being warned there may be no "quick fix" after a bridge collapse left them facing a 10-mile detour.

A landslide after heavy rain has closed the bridge in Ovington, near Teesdale in County Durham, and split the village in two.

Businesses say they have suffered a loss of trade since last month's collapse.

Durham County Council said "detailed site investigations" had to take place before repair work could start.

Resident Dorothy Jones said people in the remote village were suffering after the main route to the A67, linking County Durham with North Yorkshire, was cut off adding 20 minutes to journeys.

Fuel costs

She said: "It's a big problem. We're becoming quite isolated in the village.

"We're a rural community - diesel and petrol are big factors in everyone's income, now it's an even bigger factor because it's costing us more to get absolutely anywhere."

The post office, which is usually based in the village hall, is closed because of the landslip.

Dave Nixon, from the village hall committee, said the service was suspended until further notice.

"It's going to be a loss," he said.