New 'defects' have been found on the Cefn Bridge after work was completed to repair damage from a crash last winter.

Two lorries were involved in the crash on Cefn Bridge on December 18, 2018. Lorries were pictured hanging over the edge of the bridge, which resulted in road closures and disruption to the railway line. The lorry drivers also sustained minor injuries.

Six months later, work to repair the damage done to the bridge has been completed; on Saturday, June 22.

However, a letter sent to Russell George, the AM for Montgomeryshire, from the Transport Minister Ken Skates AM, said that defects were also identified on the protective wall on the other side of the bridge.

Mr Skates said: "I can confirm that the works to repair the recent damage, caused to the west parapet, were completed on June 22.

"However, during these weeks, defects were also identified on the opposite (east) parapet. They include a cracked weld in one of the posts and split material in the toop section of four separate rails, with the potential to compromise the structural integrity and containment level provided b the parapet. Unfortunately these defects have been been identified previously, with focus being on the western parapet, but the recent works allowed the contractors to investigate the entire bridge."

He then went on the explain that traffic lights were set up until the additional repairs took place.

Mr Skates said: "Due to the concerns surrounding the integrity of the parapet, a decision was taken to switch the temporary traffic managements arrangement over to the opposite lane of the A458, as an interim protection measure."

The works were complete and the bridge opened again on Thursday, July 18.