‘Unsafe’ West Bradford bridge is closed

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villagers are having to cope with traffic diversions again after a bridge over the River Ribble was declared unsafe.

Lancashire County Council closed Bradford Bridge, between West Bradford and Pimlico, in consultation with the police last Thursday night, and traffic is having to go via Grindleton or Waddington.

The bridge parapet was struck by a low-loader lorry three weeks ago, dislodging masonry down to road level.

It was the latest in a series of incidents involving lorries getting stuck on the tight bend at the West Bradford village end of the bridge.

A Lancashire county council spokesman said: “It’s not clear whether the bridge has been struck again, or whether it had deteriorated further after the previous incident.

“We closed the bridge for safety reasons, and we intend to get contractors on site as soon as possible to carry out repairs.”

Representatives of the county, district and parish councils have met to suggest solutions, and signs saying “Unsuitable for HGVs” are due to be erected later this month.

The bridge was closed in November for three weeks for major repairs.

Former councillor Edwin Gretton, who has called for a permanent solution, said: “I hope the county council will do something constructive. There have been a lot of platitudes in the last six months or so, but they have not done anything.

“It is maddening that the bridge is closed yet again.”