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Knightsford Bridge is a crossing of River Teme east of Knightwick on the A44 as part of the Knightwick Bypass.
Prior to the new bridge, traffic on the A44 had to pass through the centre of Knightwick which involved negotiating several sharp bends, and an existing weak bridge over the River Teme. The bridge was in a poor state and had a 7 ton weight limit imposed on it, causing overweight traffic to divert via unsuitable local roads. The older bridge was a cause of regular flooding in the area due to debris getting caught against it's central pier.
It is reported that buses were not permitted to cross the bridge with passengers on board. Passengers had to disembark prior to the bridge and walk over to meet the same bus on the other side.
A bypass of the village, including a new bridge was constructed in 1958 at a cost of £120,000, however was significantly delayed due to flooding during construction. Upon opening, the previous bridge was demolished and replaced by a more modern footbridge in the same location.