Mid Wales

Collapsed Llanfair Clydogau bridge is being repaired

Llanfair Clydogau bridge
Image caption The bridge, leading to the village shop and post office, partially collapsed

Work to repair a 300-year-old bridge that partially collapsed, cutting a Ceredigion village in two, has begun.

A relief arch on the Llanfair Clydogau bridge was damaged by bad weather, with some residents then having an eight-mile (13km) detour - a 25-minute journey - to shops.

While pedestrians have since been able to walk over it, no cars have been able to use it since the collapse in March.

Ceredigion council hopes to reopen the Grade II listed masonry bridge in June.

Residents said the collapse caused "havoc", with community councillor Alan Leech adding the majority of villagers faced a "major problem" getting to the shops.

The council's strategic director Huw Morgan said the authority had worked with Cadw and was trying to restore the bridge as quickly as possible.

"Restoring and conserving such unique and historical landmarks like this bridge is very important to the heritage of Wales and this area," he added.

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Image caption The bridge, leading to the village shop and post office, before it collapsed

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