A much-used public footbridge will close for five full days while the council tackles flooding on the staircase.

The revamped pedestrian footbridge over Chippenham Railway Station was unveiled last summer as part of a wider £1 million scheme to make the station more accessible.

But travellers and residents crossing the bridge, which is a public right of way linking Union Road and Cocklebury Road, have regularly complained that the northside staircase floods after rainfall, posing a danger to users.

The council says this remains an issue nearly a year on from the footbridge reopening, and they will now close the route while repairs are carried out.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The footbridgeThe footbridge (Image: Newsquest)

The work will take five days but could take place at any time from April 15 to May 10.

During this time, pedestrians will be diverted via Station Hill and New Road.

Cllr Nick Holder, cabinet member for highways, said: “The northside staircase of the pedestrian bridge at Chippenham Railway Station, between Old Road/Union Road and Cocklebury Road, will be closed for five days to allow resurfacing work to take place to address the water ponding that is occurring on the landings.

“The works are weather dependent, so will take place sometime between April 15 and May 10, with the staircase shut 24/7 during the works.”