A new bridge across the River Severn in Newtown has faced some delays but is expected to be open to the public before the summer.

The bridge, likened to the famous Wembley Stadium arch, was planned to be lifted into place by the end of 2023.

Powys County Council confirmed that the Newtown Active Travel Bridge project is still progressing.

"However, there have been some delays in completing the final assembly and fabrication of the bridge whilst at the Kirkhamsfield Depot, delaying the lifting of the structure for the time being," a spokesperson for the council said.


"Consequently, the remaining groundworks are now being completed prior to the instillation of the bridge, ready to be opened to the public later this Spring."

The construction project, which is estimated to cost around £1.5 million, and funded by the Welsh Government, will see the new bridge being built between the Poundstretcher store and Newtown Cemetery in Pool Road to connect with the river path near Canal Road.

The work is being carried out by construction firm, JN Bentley who will be responsible for building the new bridge on behalf of Powys County Council.