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Bridge reopens after Shrewsbury explosion

Scene of the explosion on Monday
The bridge was closed after a nearby building collapsed

A bridge in Shropshire that was closed after an explosion is due to reopen to two-way traffic during rush-hour.

Welsh Bridge in Shrewsbury was closed after an explosion above an empty shop at the corner of Bridge Street and Smithfield Road on 3 January.

Twelve people were hurt and a building was destroyed. The cause of the explosion remains unknown, but it is suspected to have been a gas leak.

Shropshire Council said the bridge was due to open fully by 1830 GMT.

Drivers are advised that traffic will be able to access Bridge Street and cross Welsh Bridge on the way to Frankwell.

However, motorists will not be able to turn right from Bridge Street into Smithfield Road, the council said.

Traffic heading towards Coton Hill or Shrewsbury Railway Station should continue to use the diversion from Barker Street to Raven Meadows via Claremont Street, Mardol and Roushill.



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