Construction of £4m Tintagel Castle bridge begins

Construction of the new Tintagel Castle bridge has begun. Credit: ITV News West Country

Work to install a multi-million pound bridge at the 13th century Tintagel Castle in Cornwall has begun.

The 70-metre bridge, which will cost £4million, has been divided into 12 separate sections - which will each be lifted into place by a cable crane.

English Heritage says it will recreate the historic link between the mainland and island.

Workmen have come from across the world to install the bridge. Credit: ITV News West Country

Tintagel Castle welcomes almost 250,000 visitors each year and it is hoped the new footbridge will help to reduce congestion – especially at peak periods – as well as provide a step-free route onto the island.

Last month, local business owners told ITV News they had suffered a dip in trade as a result of delays in the bridge’s construction.

The new bridge is expected to open later in the summer. Credit: ITV News West Country

The castle has been closed since last October and is not expected to reopen until the bridge is complete later this year.