Lorries stuck on West Bradford bridge: CCTV solution?

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ACTION has been promised to ease the problem of lorries getting stuck on the river bridge at West Bradford.

Long vehicles have been frequently damaging the parapet and Bradford Bridge was closed for several weeks before Christmas, leading to diversions and inconvenience for residents and businesses.

Officers and elected members from Lancashire County Council, Ribble Valley Council and West Bradford Parish Council met in private to discuss the problem and possible solutions.

In the short-term, the county council will provide temporary warning signs on the West Bradford side of the bridge, located in consultation with parish councillors.

The county council will also explore the possibility of CCTV monitoring on the bridge.

For the longer term, county officers will carry out a study and provide costings for the realignment of the sharply curved approach to the bridge from the West Bradford side.

They will also review the local road network to establish a preferred route for heavy and long vehicles in accessing communities north of the river.

This will include discussions with Ribble Valley Borough Council to establish potential development.

The study is expected to be completed by May and a follow-up meeting with local representatives will discuss the findings of the study and consider recommendations.

Coun. Michael Ranson, leader of Ribble Valley Council, said: “It was a very encouraging and constructive meeting, with some good dialogue between the parish council and county council.”