Options to help protect Marlow Bridge will be on show at a public exhibition at Court Garden House on Tuesday 18 September. The Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) exhibition will take place at the same venue and time as the Marlow Flood Fayre taking place between noon and 8pm.
- A decision has already been made to install larger width-restricting bollards, work will commence in the October half-term holidays.
- TfB officers will be on hand to explain other options, which include
- stress testing to inform a review of the weight limit
- ANPR technology, ie cameras capable of recognising number plates
- .. and other options which will be on display.
TfB have advised MyMarlow that they are keen to look at options that will deter and prevent over-weight vehicles from getting on to the bridge, and they are keen to hear what Marlovians think.
Our bridge has been long misused by overweight vehicles driving or attempting to drive over it. Most notoriously, in September 2016 a 37 tonne HGV attempted to cross the bridge causing concern of permanent damage. The bridge was closed for two months whilst testing of the integrity of the structure was carried out, only opening again once engineers could be certain that the bridge was safe.
Deputy Cabinet Member for Transportation, Paul Irwin, said: “In order to safeguard the bridge from further potential damage, a number of options have been considered, including short term and long term solutions. I do hope that anyone with an interest in the plans will go along to the exhibition to speak to the Transport for Buckinghamshire engineers and discuss the proposals.”
The exhibition will provide full information on all options available and the work that has taken place over the past 18 months.