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Footbridge linking popular coastal attractions closes amid safety fears

PUBLISHED: 16:02 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:02 02 October 2018

Bailey Bridge near Southwold Harbour Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Bailey Bridge near Southwold Harbour Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A footbridge connecting two of Suffolk’s most iconic coastal attractions has been closed on safety grounds until further notice.

Suffolk Highways announced the closure of the Bailey Bridge, which joins Walberswick and Southwold, following a recent inspection.

A Highways spokesman said a further inspection would be carried out and an announcement would be made as soon as more information was available.

The bridge is based on an old iron railway bridge, which had been built with a central swinging section to allow wherries and other vessels passage into the river Blyth.

It was destroyed during the Second World War to deter invaders.

However, after being reinstated as a footbridge, it has proved popular with tourists as a means to walk between Southwold and Walberswick. Coastal visitors will still be able to take the ferry across the river, which is believed to date back to the 11th century.

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