Demands to repair Blackburn canal bridge
3:00pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A CANAL bridge has been branded 'an accident waiting to happen' by residents who fear it may collapse if heavy goods vehicles keep using it.
The bridge at the bottom of Green Lane, Blackburn, appears to have loose bricks at the bottom and mortar missing from between the cracks, and local people now fear that it may collapse altogether.
They are calling for the bridge to be repaired before it causes an accident.
Frank Broadley, 80, said: “I’m a cyclist, I cycle everywhere, and the canal bridge by Cherry Tree station is unbelievably unsafe. In my opinion it isn’t right.
“It appears it has been hit by a very heavy vehicle. I’m concerned about the safety but nobody seems to be bothered.
“There could be an accident if it isn’t repaired before it falls into the canal.”
Mr Broadley said he had raised the issue with his local councillor Konrad Tapp, who had brought it to the attention of the council.
Coun Tapp said: “My understanding is that the bridge has been checked by the authorities as far as it’s safe to use but I think there could be some signs up there for the weight of the bridge.
“It’s been mentioned to me a couple of times by residents, about vehicles going over there.
“I’ve noticed heavy vehicles going over there a couple of times. Yesterday I saw a huge bus go over there and it looked like it was struggling to go over the bridge.
“Perhaps they could look to see if only certain weight vehicles are allowed to use it.”
A spokesman for Blackburn Council said that the bridge currently had no weight restrictions on it, and that it had been inspected in May this year when it was reported to be in good condition.
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