Lydbrook footbridge closure forces 5 mile diversion on staff

By Carmelo Garcia in Transport

WELSH Bicknor Youth Hostel staff who live within walking distance of their workplace face a five mile trek after a footbridge across the River Wye was closed.

The former Lydbrook Railway Bridge connects Welsh Bicknor, in Herefordshire, to the Forest of Dean but has recently been closed due to safety concerns after falling into disrepair.

The closure means that staff which live in Gloucestershire but just a few hundred yards from the hostel now face a five-mile diversion and visitors will have to take alternative walking routes via Huntsham bridge.

Stuart Chaplin, manager of the hostel, said: “We have quite a lot of local staff who use the footbridge to walk across to work.

“The closure means their journey to work is now five miles longer and they need to find alternative transport to get them here.

“The bridge has been in a state of disrepair for some time and although minor repair work has been done over the years I expected that one day they would need to do more.”

Brian Watkins, local highways manager for Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Following a routine inspection of the footbridge over the River Wye, we have closed it because of safety concerns.

“Further inspections will be carried out to determine what needs to be done and we aim to get the bridge back open as soon as possible.”

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