Tyne & Wear

Temporary bridge reopens 'vital' County Durham route

Deerness Bridge Image copyright Durham County Council
Image caption There is a separate footpath across the bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and horses

A temporary crossing has opened above a bridge in County Durham that was closed after inspectors identified "issues with its structural integrity".

Traffic and pedestrians were banned from Deerness Bridge, between Ushaw Moor and New Brancepeth, on 13 April.

Durham County Council has now installed a replacement Bailey bridge so people can cross the river while a permanent solution is developed.

A council spokesman said he was "pleased" the "vital route" had opened.

A structural review of the bridge following its closure raised concerns it could no longer withstand the weight of traffic.

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