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Farndon-Holt medieval stone bridge to close for essential repairs

Structure built in 1339 will shut for three weeks

The medieval stone arch bridge over the River Dee between Farndon and Holt is to be closed for three weeks for essential repair work to be carried out

The medieval stone arch bridge over the River Dee between Farndon and Holt is to be closed for three weeks from Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 28, for essential repair work to be carried out.

The scheduled monument carries the road between Farndon and Holt and masonry repairs will be carried out to one of the bridge piers, which was damaged by floating debris during a recent period of heavy rain.

To take full advantage of the road closure, Cheshire West and Chester Council is also having exploratory work carried out at the same time to look at how the drainage system could be improved. A full inspection of all parts of the bridge, which was built in 1339, will take place from a specialist access vehicle.

The road will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists during the day throughout the work with occasional night-time closures for public safety reasons. Vehicles will be diverted via the A534.

Farndon Councillor Howard Greenwood said: “Although the work on the bridge is essential for the upkeep and maintenance of this important scheduled monument, we are aware of the inconvenience to the travelling public. To minimise disruption for the local community this has been planned to take place during the summer holidays.

“And the work will contribute towards keeping this vital local transport link open for years to come.”

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