Concrete slabs could have fallen on to railway line from damaged bridge

Parents used the footbridge to get from the West Hill estate to Hilderthorpe School.
Parents used the footbridge to get from the West Hill estate to Hilderthorpe School.

There was 'no alternative' but to delay work to replace a footbridge in Bridlington, a councillor has confirmed.

Last week, the Free Press revealed there had been significant delays to the project to put a new bridge linking Georgian Way and Bessingby Industrial Estate

The bridge has been closed since January.

The bridge has been closed since January.

These are the reasons for the delay.
Cllr David Robson said there was ‘no alternative’ to delaying the work to replace because a road bridge at Rawcliffe, near Goole, has also caused problems and is affecting the roads which traffic is being diverted on to.

He said: “East Riding of Yorkshire Council is responsible for approximately 650 bridges which it owns.

“Since the inception of ERYC in 1995, none of our bridges have had to be closed until 2017, when two over railway lines, had to be immediately closed as unsafe.

“There is a fixed annual budget for bridge maintenance.

“The bridge at Rawcliffe, when closed, involved a long road diversion for all traffic, including farmers and haulage businesses.

“The roads that they have been diverted onto, are now breaking up under the weight and volume of increased traffic. Rawcliffe bridge replacement is essential and has priority.

“The footbridge over our local line in Bridlington was closed immediately after inspection in December 2017.

“It was in such poor state, that pieces of steel would be pulled off by hand and the concrete slabs, could eventually fall onto the railway line.

“A new bridge is being designed and should be in situ in the latter part of the financial year 2018/19.