The news of the accident at the footbridge, Damside, Lancaster, came as no surprise. Thankfully no one was injured. The editor’s comment on this accident expresses the hope that “those in authority” will ask the right questions.
This bridge causes many hazards, at Damside and elsewhere in town, by large vehicles having to use inadequate roads.
In your March 28, 2013, issue you published my letter on this matter. I suggested a solution, with a sketch layout of how the bridge can be removed by constructing a ramp down to Damside.
Access would still be maintained by linking to the ramp on to the Millennium Bridge.
The additional benefit from this is that the path would link to the bus station and the lower part of town. An unofficial worn path down the bank adjacent to the bridge shows the need for this.
The suggestion is a simple engineering operation, of low cost and space is available.
I have tried to get ‘those in authority’ interested in my suggestion, but to no avail. Perhaps this accident might make them pay attention, or do we have to wait for someone to get killed?