March 30, 2007
bid to find solution at Highbridge's Walrow railway bridge
town councillors discussed the long-term closure of Walrow railway
bridge in Highbridge when a Somerset roads boss visited the bridge
on Thursday (March 29th).
group of town councillors, led by Town Improvements Committee
Chairman Cllr Louise Parkin, met with Liam Gill, the County Council's
Assistant Highways Service Manager, to try and find a solution
to the 3-4 year closure.
discussed many different lines of argument to get the bridge re-opened,
but the health and safety implications mean it is too dangerous
for it to be opened until Network Rail has completed its strengthening
work," Cllr Parkin told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
whole situation has been prompted by a small number of very inconsiderate
and arrogant lorry drivers who have blatantly ignored the bridge's
weight restrictions and used the road here for some time."
now appears to be nothing we can do except put pressure on Network
Rail to bring forward their work from the current target date
which is three to four years away."
feel very sorry for the businesses affected by this - it's a horrendous
situation for them."
really fear that Highbridge is going to suffer badly as a result.
When I visited Market Street earlier today, there were just three
cars parked along the street."
meeting at the bridge came after town councillors debated the
matter at Monday's
meeting of the Burnham and Highbridge Town Improvements Committee
when councillors discussed ways of helping firms in the town.
comes after Burnham-On-Sea.com exclusively broke the news about
the closure earlier
this month and reported
last week how Burnham's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, is pressing
Network Rail to bring forward its completion date.