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Retired engineer calls for removal of low bridge

Retired civil engineer David Herrod is campaigning to have the bridge demolished on Damside Street in Lancaster, as it has been the site of several accidents in the past year. David in front of the bridge with his plans for an alternative arrangement.

Retired civil engineer David Herrod is campaigning to have the bridge demolished on Damside Street in Lancaster, as it has been the site of several accidents in the past year. David in front of the bridge with his plans for an alternative arrangement.

A retired civil engineer is calling for the removal of a low bridge in Lancaster following a number of incidents involving double decker buses.

David Herrod said he had been campaigning for two years to get the bridge in Damside Street, at the gateway to St George’s Quay, removed, before someone is seriously injured or killed.

In January, a double decker bus had its roof ripped off after passing under the bridge, while another double decker was damaged after the driver attempted to pass under the bridge last month. Neither bus was carrying passengers at the time.

Mr Herrod said: “We’ve got a housing develpment on the quay and a business park at the end of the quay, all requiring access by large vehicles.

“The only other way is via Meeting House Lane and then through a residential area.

“It’s all because of this bottle neck bridge, which should be removed.

“I’ve produced a sketch to show how the bridge could be removed and a ramp could be built, and I’ve tried to get interest from local councillors.

“It seems as though the only way someone would be interested in this is if someone is badly injured, or worse, killed.”

Andrew Dobson, chief officer (regeneration and planning), at Lancaster City Council said: “Previous consultations with local people have generated considerable resistance to the removal of the bridge or raising of the bridge height. It is an historic structure in the Conservation Area. There are a number of potential options available. We are in the process of investigating the implications of each before discussing further with both the county council and Stagecoach.”

 

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