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Collapsed bridge replaced in 2008
The collapsed bridge in Ludlow
A gas main was severed when the bridge collapsed
Work to replace a bridge that collapsed during flooding will not begin until next summer, it has emerged.

Ludlow's Burway Bridge in Shropshire fell into the River Corve last month, severing a gas main, after water levels rose 1.6m (5.25ft) in just three hours.

A temporary bridge, opening up the B4361, a main route into Ludlow, will be built later this month. The combined costs for the new bridges is 750,000.

Shropshire County Council said they are aware of the disruption in the area.

More than 70 people had to be rescued from towns and villages across the county while fire crews attended more than 300 incidents during the heavy rain last month.

Two corners of this house fell into the Corve
Two corners of this house fell into the River Corve

The corner of a house close to the River Corve also collapsed into the water.

Gas, water and electricity services carried by the old bridge were all damaged during the collapse, which left a 16m-wide gap (52ft) on the B4361.

John Williams, principal bridge engineer at the council, said: "It is appreciated that the road closure is causing disruption and inconvenience and we will do all that we reasonably can to reopen the road as soon as possible."

"The time needed to design a replacement bridge means that it will be summer 2008 before work can start on its construction," a spokesman added.

The river bed is now about 3m (9.8ft) deep compared to a previous depth of about 0.75m (2.4ft) following the flooding, the council said.

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