Low bridge is tourism blow, says Clitheroe campaigner

Bridge in Waddington Road, Clitheroe

Bridge in Waddington Road, Clitheroe

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A RAILWAY bridge is affecting the tourism industry in the Ribble Valley because it’s too low, a community campaigner says.

Simon Entwistle, 58, from Littlemoor Road, Clitheroe, says coaches can’t fit under the 11ft 6in bridge over Waddington Road in the town.

The coaches have to divert to Chatburn or Bashall Eaves in order to get to Waddington or the Hodder Valley, costing the tourism industry ‘a lot of money’.

His comments on Facebook have attracted more than 30 ‘likes’ and more than 20 comments including from local Ribble Valley Borough councillors.

Simon said: “This bridge has cost the tourism industry a lot of money due to lost trade.

“I have contacted the tourism officer and indeed the mayor and various councillors. The response I have had has been total lack of interest, in fact I have been accused of being a trouble maker.

“If this bridge was in York or Blackpool then the road surface would be lowered by three inches to get a coach under it and also solve the flooding problems due to heavy rain. Will the last person to leave Ribble Valley tourism turn the light out.”

Resident Mick Tulloch said: “I have lost count on the times I have seen a bus, lorry or any tall vehicle wedged under this bridge.”

Clitheroe resident Melanie Byrne said: “My mum lives in Park Avenue and there has always been lorries, coaches and plant hire machines getting wedged under it. Not to mention floods, which I remember swimming through in my youth.”

Borough councillor Jim Shervey said: “All the council can do is lobby the county council to make the changes. I doubt this would happen as the county council is under significant budgetary constraints due to cuts from the national government.

“I agree that changes need to be made to that junction, a mini roundabout would make a significant improvement to traffic flow, however please be careful what you wish for as that junction is one of the main arguments against the proposed housing devel-opment at Waddow View.

“Improvement of that junction could also open up that area for further future housing develop-ments.”

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4:25pm Tue 19 Aug 14

the usher says...

What a load of rubbish! I can imagine that the bridge has been there for many, many years, and now some idiot is protesting. Get a life! If coaches can't get under the bridge the will have to go round. I'm 99 per cent certain that the railway companies will not do anything.
What a load of rubbish! I can imagine that the bridge has been there for many, many years, and now some idiot is protesting. Get a life! If coaches can't get under the bridge the will have to go round. I'm 99 per cent certain that the railway companies will not do anything. the usher
  • Score: 24

4:56pm Tue 19 Aug 14

eastlancslad says...

Quite right usher. I'll bet 99% of the residents of Waddington are glad they don't have to put up with hoards of tourists clogging up the village.
'Community campaigner'? Is this a new phrase for a busybody, or does this guy have an ulterior motive for wanting this nonsense?
Quite right usher. I'll bet 99% of the residents of Waddington are glad they don't have to put up with hoards of tourists clogging up the village. 'Community campaigner'? Is this a new phrase for a busybody, or does this guy have an ulterior motive for wanting this nonsense? eastlancslad
  • Score: 24

5:03pm Tue 19 Aug 14

hasslem hasslem says...

what a prat - they haven't widened any of the bars in york to allow coaches into the city centre - entwistle you are a publicity seeking numpty

surprised he hasn't demanded the bridge to be raised.
what a prat - they haven't widened any of the bars in york to allow coaches into the city centre - entwistle you are a publicity seeking numpty surprised he hasn't demanded the bridge to be raised. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 31

6:15pm Tue 19 Aug 14

EYESINTHESKY says...

eastlancslad wrote:
Quite right usher. I'll bet 99% of the residents of Waddington are glad they don't have to put up with hoards of tourists clogging up the village.
'Community campaigner'? Is this a new phrase for a busybody, or does this guy have an ulterior motive for wanting this nonsense?
Maybe Simon's more interested in getting punters to Waddington ... He runs Ghost Walks in and around the area for anyone who doesn't know and has done for year's.

The bridge has been there for donkeys year's and as for Melanies comment about traffic and floods. BTW it's a railway bridge so, after year's of campaigning to get the line reopened in 1994, I'm guessing you want that closed, too or It shut for a while so one one can get a train? Oooh, what would you do in the summer or no trains?

Back to the bridge and lorries etc ... Get a better sat nav, then or research the routes BEFORE. As to Waddington, I don't see the village suffering in anyway. It doesn't, in fact.

So, seems to me knowing about Simon and his interests in Ghost Walking ... there could well be another reason for wanting to get coaches to Waddington all of a sudden.

I remember Simon from his times starting off as a good imitator of sounds e.g. trains etc and then his time as a Gardner with RVBC and beyond into ITV shows plus Radio Lancashire spots. I don't begrudge him but, come on, all of a sudden wants to complain about the bridge.
[quote][p][bold]eastlancslad[/bold] wrote: Quite right usher. I'll bet 99% of the residents of Waddington are glad they don't have to put up with hoards of tourists clogging up the village. 'Community campaigner'? Is this a new phrase for a busybody, or does this guy have an ulterior motive for wanting this nonsense?[/p][/quote]Maybe Simon's more interested in getting punters to Waddington ... He runs Ghost Walks in and around the area for anyone who doesn't know and has done for year's. The bridge has been there for donkeys year's and as for Melanies comment about traffic and floods. BTW it's a railway bridge so, after year's of campaigning to get the line reopened in 1994, I'm guessing you want that closed, too or It shut for a while so one one can get a train? Oooh, what would you do in the summer or no trains? Back to the bridge and lorries etc ... Get a better sat nav, then or research the routes BEFORE. As to Waddington, I don't see the village suffering in anyway. It doesn't, in fact. So, seems to me knowing about Simon and his interests in Ghost Walking ... there could well be another reason for wanting to get coaches to Waddington all of a sudden. I remember Simon from his times starting off as a good imitator of sounds e.g. trains etc and then his time as a Gardner with RVBC and beyond into ITV shows plus Radio Lancashire spots. I don't begrudge him but, come on, all of a sudden wants to complain about the bridge. EYESINTHESKY
  • Score: 17

9:12pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Pendlegal says...

As a former resident of Waddington Road, I'm perplexed by anyone suggesting lowering the road level.
If your memory went back as far as mine, you'd laugh at the suggestion. Lower the road? Ridiculous idea; they had to fill in under the bridge and raise the road level. Why? The reason being flooding. I've seen someone use a rowing boat under the bridge in time of flood, it was so deep. To get past the flooding sometimes meant walking along Railway View Rd. looking to find which pathway under the other bridges was least flooded.
As Simon lives nowhere near and obviously does not understand the local geography. He has my pity, but his suggestion is lunacy.
Leave Waddington Road and the mainline railway bridge alone!
As a former resident of Waddington Road, I'm perplexed by anyone suggesting lowering the road level. If your memory went back as far as mine, you'd laugh at the suggestion. Lower the road? Ridiculous idea; they had to fill in under the bridge and raise the road level. Why? The reason being flooding. I've seen someone use a rowing boat under the bridge in time of flood, it was so deep. To get past the flooding sometimes meant walking along Railway View Rd. looking to find which pathway under the other bridges was least flooded. As Simon lives nowhere near and obviously does not understand the local geography. He has my pity, but his suggestion is lunacy. Leave Waddington Road and the mainline railway bridge alone! Pendlegal
  • Score: 12

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