THE long-awaited opening of the £12m Market Gate Bridge has had to be delayed because of electrical problems.

An opening ceremony had been scheduled for today but yesterday, a council spokesman confirmed this had now been cancelled and a date for the opening had not yet been arranged.

They added: “We had been looking forward to beginning a phased opening of the new Market Gate Bridge.

“Unfortunately, our contractors have let us know about an electrical problem which appears to be caused by water leaking into the bridge’s equipment room.

“This requires urgent investigation and repair and sadly it will not be safe to open the bridge as planned.

“We apologise for this disappointing news and we’ll let everyone know when the rearranged opening is as soon as possible.”