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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.

What's lovely about it is seeing it coming into fruition and it does look like the artist's impression, which is fabulous.

It is that beautifully slight, thin item in the landscape and I think it's going to really set off the surrounding area beautifully, actually.

– Georgia Butters, English Heritage’s head of historic properties in Cornwall
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.