South Hams District Council is “delighted” to report that works to replace and repair the Millennium Footbridge in Modbury has now begun.

The footbridge which has been closed for an extended period of time needs a considerable amount of engineering work in order to restore it.

It will begin with the removal of the existing bridge, and construction of new abutments.

Leader of SHDC Cllr John Tucker said: “I’m pleased to see work get underway on this important project, and we’re very grateful to the people of Modbury for their patience and understanding while the bridge has been closed. I hope they are pleased with the end result, and I look forward to seeing it open.”

The new bridge will be built from a galvanised steel frame rather than timber, with a resin-bound anti-slip surface, while the hand rails will be made from recycled plastic.

Cllr Elizabeth Huntley added: “I know that it has been very frustrating for residents while the bridge has been out of action, and I’m glad to see the work get underway. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the finished article, and to residents enjoying it for many years to come.”

It’s hoped that the new bridge will be opening by the end of October 2018, and both SHDC and the contractor are working hard to accelerate the programme where possible.