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Teston Bridge won't open until November 3

By David Gazet

Repair works to a medieval bridge hit by a drink-driver will take another month to complete.

Teston Bridge has been closed since August 5 after semi-professional footballer Ben Emery, from Thanet, crashed his BMW into the parapet.

Kent County Council contractors have been working to repair two cracks measuring 10ft and dislodged stonework.

Teston Bridge, a historic crossing near Maidstone
Teston Bridge, a historic crossing near Maidstone

This was due to be completed by Sunday but work has been hampered by a shortage of lime to create historically accurate mortar to repair damage to the Maidstone side of the Grade I listed span.

The bridge will now be closed until at least November 3.

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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