Work is progressing on a bridge that dramatically collapsed into the river beneath it last year.
Two pairs of braced steel girders are now in place to form the backbone of a new Eastham Bridge across the River Teme, having been lifted into place by a 500-tonne crane in recent days.
The steel beams, 33 metres long and weighing in at 84 tonnes, will form the basis of the bridge at the village of Eastham, near Tenbury Wells, which will replace the 18th century bridge that crumbled away just as a minibus full of school children was about to cross it in May 2016.
The bridge is expected to be ready for use before the summer, to the relief of locals who have coped with long diversions to get across the river for a year.
Councillor Ken Pollock, local member of Worcestershire County Council said: “I am delighted with progress so far and it is very encouraging to start to see the actual construction of the bridge taking shape.”
Councillor Marcus Hart, cabinet member for highways, said: “I am pleased to say that we have been able to use British Steel and British firms, supporting this country’s manufacturing industries as well as the local economy.”Subscribe to our Newsletter