Crash closes West Bradford bridge until the New Year

Motorists hit by diversions as West Bradford bridge closes until the New Year
Motorists hit by diversions as West Bradford bridge closes until the New Year
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Villagers are having to cope with traffic diversions in the run-up to Christmas after a bridge over the River Ribble was declared unsafe.

Lancashire County Council closed West Bradford Bridge, between West Bradford and Pimlico, after a crash badly damaged the bridge. Motorists are now facing weeks of diversions with traffic having to go via Grindleton or Waddington.

The latest closure comes after the bridge has undergone a series of repairs over the past few years as a result of vehicles having collided with the structure. The closure of the busy route means the alternative routes through Waddington and Chatburn will be sought by the traffic overspill, adding to congestion at busy times of the day, as both routes are well-used by parents of children attending schools in both villages.

West Bradford resident, Mr Edwin Gretton, said: "It's a two-mile detour for me to go into Clitheroe."

Mr David Hurford, bridges manager for Lancashire County Council, said: "We had to close West Bradford bridge for safety after the edge wall was severely damaged by a vehicle.

"We're now in the early stages of making repairs and have removed a section of coping stones to begin to assess the damage, and decide what materials we need to order to restore the wall.

"We're also in the process of seeking permission from the Environment Agency to put up scaffolding in the river which will be needed for access to carry out this work.

"We anticipate that the bridge will reopen in the New Year."