Bridge is closed to vehicles

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TRAFFIC will not be able to travel across a historic bridge over the River Wear after a survey found it is no longer able to bear the weight.

Survey work on Prebends’ Bridge, in Durham City, found the structure is not capable of taking vehicles.

It will still be open to pedestrians and boats will be able to pass beneath.

The cathedral-owned bridge was built in 1776 and forms part of the Durham World Heritage Site.

It is not usually used as a route for traffic, although during some of the recent work in the centre of Durham City it has provided temporary traffic access.

Philip Davies, the cathedral’s chapter clerk, said: “Now we know the exact condition of the bridge, we can work towards finding a long-term solution.

“We are in dialogue with English Heritage and other stakeholders as we consider options for repair.”

English Heritage has offered a £88,258 grant for investigations and urgent repairs.