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Teston Bridge repair works delayed by another month after crash damage

Repair works to a medieval bridge which was damaged by a drunk driver during a crash have been extended.

Teston Bridge sustained £75,000 worth of damage when semi-professional footballer Ben Emery, from Westgate-on-Sea, Thanet, crashed his BMW into the parapet on August 5.

The bridge, which connects Tonbridge Road and West Farleigh, was left with two cracks measuring 10ft and stonework was dislodged.

Images of scaffolding being constructed at Teston Bridge so workmen can begin repairs after it was hit by a car. Pictures Mike Mahoney.

Images of scaffolding being constructed at Teston Bridge so workmen can begin repairs after it was hit by a car. Pictures: Mike Mahoney.

The Grade I listed crossing will now remain closed until October 8 as repair works continue, more than a month longer than expected.

Teston Lane carries in excess of 5,000 vehicles a day and drivers face long diversions and boaters were temporarily banned from going under the structure.

The incident comes just over a year after a lorry crashed into the structure, resulting in another closure in June 2016.

A diversion route involves Tonbridge Road, Bow Road, Maidstone Road, Hampstead Lane, Benover Road, High Street, Yalding Hill and Lower Road.

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