“Thousands of UK bridges are ‘sub-standard’, at risk of collapse and will cost almost £1billion to repair, experts warn after the tragedy in Genoa”

“The number of ‘sub-standard’ bridges in the UK has soared in recent years and would cost almost £1 billion to repair, according to alarming new findings.

A survey by the RAC Foundation revealed that almost 3,500 British bridges maintained by councils are not considered strong enough to bear 44-ton lorries – the heaviest vehicles permitted on our roads – placing them at risk of collapse if warning signs are ignored.

The figure – an increase of almost 45 per cent from the 2,375 recorded in 2015 – was correlated after the motoring research charity sent out Freedom of Information requests to all local authorities.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6074663/Thousands-UK-bridges-sub-standard-risk-collapse.html

One thought on ““Thousands of UK bridges are ‘sub-standard’, at risk of collapse and will cost almost £1billion to repair, experts warn after the tragedy in Genoa”

  1. This may be true, but the large span, large volume bridges will be maintained by the Highways Agency not local councils. Almost all of the local council maintained ones will be small bridges over streams with a relatively small amount of traffic rather than huge spans over rivers, railways and towns carrying large volumes of traffic as in Genoa. Of course there will be a few which are higher risk and will need focus.

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