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Bexley Village declared ‘open for business’ as bridge officially re-opens

PUBLISHED: 17:05 10 November 2016

The new bridge in Bexley Village

The new bridge in Bexley Village

© Michael Cockerham 2016

The bridge reopened to traffic in May

Cllr Alex Sawyer officially reopened Bexley Village bridge on Thursday, November 10Cllr Alex Sawyer officially reopened Bexley Village bridge on Thursday, November 10

Ten months after work began to replace an aging bridge, its replacement has officially opened.

In January year the council started work to replace Bexley Village bridge, which was at risk of collapsing.

The old bridge was replaced with a new one, and by May traffic was crossing and out of the village again.

The replacement bridge, paid for by Transport for London, was an exact replica of the former crossing.

During the works, the town risked flooding after a rusted Thames Water trunk main was discovered.

But work finished two months ahead of schedule, and today (Thursday) the exact-replica bridge was officially opened.

Alex Sawyer, cabinet member for traffic and transport, thanked residents and businesses for their ‘patience during the work.

Cllr Sawyer said: “The new bridge will ensure that Bexley Village, recently named one of the UK’s top 10 locations for independent shops, will continue to flourish, and any risk of the bridge failing or potential flooding, has been averted.

“We’d like to remind everyone during this busy pre-Christmas period that Bexley Village is very much open for business.”

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