Heyford Bridge remains open to vehicles despite damage

Vehicles can continue to use Heyford Bridge in Lower Heyford, near Bicester, despite the impact of water damage to the structure.

Stonework on the 16th century bridge, which carries the B4030 Station Road over the River Cherwell between Middle Barton and Lower Heyford, suffered a localised collapse last week.

As a precaution, temporary safety barriers have been installed to reduce the width of the carriageway. Maintenance teams are satisfied there is no need to close the road and no weight limits are required.

Oxfordshire County Council intends to carry out the stonework reconstruction work this summer, at the same time as it undertakes scheduled repairs to the bridge.

The council will work closely with colleagues at Cherwell District Council for the required listed building consent for the proposed work to the grade II listed bridge.

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