Devon County Council is asking people not to ignore safety measures during the Grade 1 listed bridge’s 18-week refurbishment

Pedestrians using Bideford Long Bridge have been urged not to walk in the road while an 18-week refurbishment takes place.

The pavement on the Quay side of the bridge has been closed, with pedestrians directed to use the existing crossing in order to use the opposite pavement – an instruction being ignored by some.

After a temporary hiatus, from Thursday, October 19, contractors South West Highways will be closing the footpath on the Quay side as far as the pedestrian crossing with a temporary footpath put in place on the opposite side.

County councillor for Bideford East, Linda Hellyer, has urged pedestrians to follow the safety instructions.

She said: “While essential maintenance work is being carried out on our historic Longbridge, one of the footways will be closed.

“I would urge all pedestrians to follow the safety signage. Please do not attempt to walk in the road, as some people have been doing.

“Please follow the alternative route. Devon County Council wants you to arrive safely at your destination.”