Old Bridge at Berwick has new cracks in it

The Old Bridge in Berwick.
The Old Bridge in Berwick.

Fresh cracks have appeared in Berwick’s 17th century Old Bridge, raising concern about its deterioration.

Berwick Town Council has called for more information on the structural stability of the bridge, prompting Northumberland County Council to say that while there are some defects, there is no immediate significant risk to the structure.

It also revealed the bridge is earmarked for work in the 2017/18 financial year.

The condition of the bridge has led to speculation that it could eventually be closed to traffic and raised the question of what impact it would have on congestion and trade, especially in the lower part of the town.