Refurbished footbridge must be closed for repairs - again

Worcester News: Refurbished footbridge must be closed for repairs - again Refurbished footbridge must be closed for repairs - again

A FOOTBRIDGE that was refurbished and reopened under a year ago is already losing its surface and will have to be closed – again.

Diglis Basin bridge, which links Severn Way and Diglis Dock Road in Diglis, Worcester, over the river Severn, was refurbished and reopened in Spring last year around seven months later than planned.

But now, people passing over it have been having to tread carefully because the surface has begun to break up. Worcester City Councillor Roger Berry uses the bridge on a daily basis.

He said: “Clearly this is a problem for all users. The bridge is a great asset to the area and I hope this can be sorted out quickly.”

The bridge, which is owned by the Canal and River Trust, was refurbished in 2011 as part of Taylor Wimpey’s Diglis development and the right of way over the bridge is owned by Worcestershire County Council.

Derek Prodger, city and Worcestershire County Councillor for Bedwardine, was the cabinet member for transport at the time of completion of the Diglis Bridge scheme and saw all the work that has been done to it over the years.

He said he reported the bridge and work will soon begin to repair it.

“I have been in touch with the Canal and River Trust and Taylor Wimpey and they are going to completely resurface the the bridge but they’re waiting for the work round the Basin to be finished,” he said.

“They will have to close it for a day for it to be completed and I look forward to that being done.”

A spokesman for the Canal and River Trust said they have inspected the damage on the surface of the footbridge and are working with both Taylor Wimpey and the county council to find a quick solution.

He said: “We know it’s not ideal, the bridge is obviously still open, so would just remind people to take care when using it.”

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10:26am Wed 26 Mar 14

saucerer says...

Can any public authority in Worcester do anything right? Worcester just seems to be a hub of public sector incompetence.
Can any public authority in Worcester do anything right? Worcester just seems to be a hub of public sector incompetence. saucerer
  • Score: 3

10:28am Wed 26 Mar 14

tub_thumper says...

Haha! What a joke!
Haha! What a joke! tub_thumper
  • Score: -3

10:59am Wed 26 Mar 14

CJH says...

Prodger's legacy...
Prodger's legacy... CJH
  • Score: 3

11:14am Wed 26 Mar 14

Joe the Tug says...

The wear and tear is coming from bikes using it.
The wear and tear is coming from bikes using it. Joe the Tug
  • Score: -4

11:35am Wed 26 Mar 14

Hwicce says...

Why do I hear the Benny Hill theme tune?
Why do I hear the Benny Hill theme tune? Hwicce
  • Score: 3

12:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

tub_thumper says...

Joe the Tug wrote:
The wear and tear is coming from bikes using it.
Really? Where's your proof? And why troll about the cycling/pedestrian issue? Different debate. Jog on..!
[quote][p][bold]Joe the Tug[/bold] wrote: The wear and tear is coming from bikes using it.[/p][/quote]Really? Where's your proof? And why troll about the cycling/pedestrian issue? Different debate. Jog on..! tub_thumper
  • Score: -1

12:43pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Pomygranit says...

Sabrina Bridge is in the same if not poorer condition, it would seem that there has been no maintenance on it for well over a year.
Sabrina Bridge is in the same if not poorer condition, it would seem that there has been no maintenance on it for well over a year. Pomygranit
  • Score: 1

1:22pm Wed 26 Mar 14

brooksider says...

saucerer wrote:
Can any public authority in Worcester do anything right? Worcester just seems to be a hub of public sector incompetence.
The Canal and River Trust is not a public body, the Government gave away our waterways to this autonomous 'charity'.
It would be best if Worcestershire County Council sues the Canal and River Trust for not properly maintaining the bridge, instead they put profits over public safety.
It is surprising Clr Geraghty is quiet on this subject, he is the Councillor responsible for infrastructure, best he gets his finger out and resolves the problem.
[quote][p][bold]saucerer[/bold] wrote: Can any public authority in Worcester do anything right? Worcester just seems to be a hub of public sector incompetence.[/p][/quote]The Canal and River Trust is not a public body, the Government gave away our waterways to this autonomous 'charity'. It would be best if Worcestershire County Council sues the Canal and River Trust for not properly maintaining the bridge, instead they put profits over public safety. It is surprising Clr Geraghty is quiet on this subject, he is the Councillor responsible for infrastructure, best he gets his finger out and resolves the problem. brooksider
  • Score: 4

2:48pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Redhillman says...

Although the bridge is owned by the Canal and River Trust, if the council own the public right of way (i.e. the path itself on the bridge), shouldn't it be them responsible for the path's poor state and repair work?
Although the bridge is owned by the Canal and River Trust, if the council own the public right of way (i.e. the path itself on the bridge), shouldn't it be them responsible for the path's poor state and repair work? Redhillman
  • Score: 1

4:40pm Wed 26 Mar 14

chrism says...

Can't we just get rid of it and have a flat bridge, so that on a major cycle route cyclists aren't obliged to get off and push their cycles? That or simply make a cycle route around the basin (as there was before the bridge opened and the route around blocked off by the developers). It says something about the priority given to cycling infrastructure in this country that something like this is considered acceptable.
Can't we just get rid of it and have a flat bridge, so that on a major cycle route cyclists aren't obliged to get off and push their cycles? That or simply make a cycle route around the basin (as there was before the bridge opened and the route around blocked off by the developers). It says something about the priority given to cycling infrastructure in this country that something like this is considered acceptable. chrism
  • Score: -5

11:40am Thu 27 Mar 14

green49 says...

It is surprising Clr Geraghty is quiet on this subject, he is the Councillor responsible for infrastructure, best he gets his finger out and resolves the problem.
Dont hold your breath, he is too busy painting disabled parking spaces out and putting new ones in for taxis, or giving false information out to the press on cuts, vote him out and Prodger as he had a hand in this bridge and its yet another fine mess.
It is surprising Clr Geraghty is quiet on this subject, he is the Councillor responsible for infrastructure, best he gets his finger out and resolves the problem. Dont hold your breath, he is too busy painting disabled parking spaces out and putting new ones in for taxis, or giving false information out to the press on cuts, vote him out and Prodger as he had a hand in this bridge and its yet another fine mess. green49
  • Score: 3

12:31pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Raniator says...

I'm not surprised to be honest. Any public sector work that is carried out is usually substandard, be it road repairs or whatever. Why things can't be 'right first time' is beyond me.
I'm not surprised to be honest. Any public sector work that is carried out is usually substandard, be it road repairs or whatever. Why things can't be 'right first time' is beyond me. Raniator
  • Score: 6

8:00pm Thu 27 Mar 14

mrwrighty says...

Presumably this work will not cost Worcester council anything as it is pretty apparent the surface when last repaired was not fit for purpose. If the council feel and obligation to pay for this work then as a council tax payer I will not be happy. Its the same with rod repairs pay cheap but do the job 3 or 4 times over, pay to have the job done correctly it will last a long time.
Presumably this work will not cost Worcester council anything as it is pretty apparent the surface when last repaired was not fit for purpose. If the council feel and obligation to pay for this work then as a council tax payer I will not be happy. Its the same with rod repairs pay cheap but do the job 3 or 4 times over, pay to have the job done correctly it will last a long time. mrwrighty
  • Score: 1

8:08am Thu 3 Apr 14

david350uk says...

Cyclists shouldn't even be allowed on it.
Cyclists shouldn't even be allowed on it. david350uk
  • Score: 3

8:26am Thu 3 Apr 14

reflector says...

Raniator wrote:
I'm not surprised to be honest. Any public sector work that is carried out is usually substandard, be it road repairs or whatever. Why things can't be 'right first time' is beyond me.
Surely Taylor Wimpey is a well known private sector company just like that which caused so many problems rebuilding Evesham's Abbey Road bridge. Things were done much better when local authorities had heir own direct labour forces to carry out such work.
[quote][p][bold]Raniator[/bold] wrote: I'm not surprised to be honest. Any public sector work that is carried out is usually substandard, be it road repairs or whatever. Why things can't be 'right first time' is beyond me.[/p][/quote]Surely Taylor Wimpey is a well known private sector company just like that which caused so many problems rebuilding Evesham's Abbey Road bridge. Things were done much better when local authorities had heir own direct labour forces to carry out such work. reflector
  • Score: 0

3:58am Wed 16 Apr 14

Ghost of DERA Past says...

The bridge structure is sound, but who would have thought a roofing felt surface would be so easily worn out:) Still once the walk around the dock is open maybe traffic over the steep bridge will reduce.
The bridge structure is sound, but who would have thought a roofing felt surface would be so easily worn out:) Still once the walk around the dock is open maybe traffic over the steep bridge will reduce. Ghost of DERA Past
  • Score: 0

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