A bridge too near - narrow Crooklands structure is 'regularly damaged' by large HGVs

The Westmorland Gazette: ACTION DEMAND: Local resident Frank Sanderson at the damaged Crooklands Bridge ACTION DEMAND: Local resident Frank Sanderson at the damaged Crooklands Bridge

A SOUTH Lakes waterways enthusiast is demanding urgent action after a narrow bridge over the Lancaster Canal sustained damaged when it was struck by a lorry.

Frank Sanderson says Crooklands Bridge - a listed structure - suffers regular damage from HGVs as drivers attempt to negotiate the tight approach to the canal crossing.

He has written to the highways department at Cumbria County Council to try and get something done to protect the bridge, which is owned by the Canal and River Trust.

In his letter, Mr Sanderson, who runs Old School Gallery at Crooklands, expresses concern that a proposed development at the Station Commercial site near Milnthorpe, increasing the site by up to 19 acres, could increase HGV traffic and with it the risk of more damage to the bridge.

He said the collision, which ‘probably happened late on February 14, caused ‘major damage to the structure’.

“Crooklands Bridge is already overused, often damaged and threatened by heavy goods vehicles,” he added.

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10:35am Wed 5 Mar 14

Geoff103 says...

If the planners give the go-ahead to further expansion of the industrial estate at the old Milnthorpe station, then it will truly be absolute evidence that they have taken leave of their senses.

Quite apart from the vulnerability of the Crooklands canal bridge, the alternative route through Milnthorpe is unsuitable for existing HGV traffic, let alone any more. The narrowing road alongside the old Spar shop in the square and the tight turn, in either direction at the traffic lights, daily bring hazard to pedestrians and other motorists alike.
If the planners give the go-ahead to further expansion of the industrial estate at the old Milnthorpe station, then it will truly be absolute evidence that they have taken leave of their senses. Quite apart from the vulnerability of the Crooklands canal bridge, the alternative route through Milnthorpe is unsuitable for existing HGV traffic, let alone any more. The narrowing road alongside the old Spar shop in the square and the tight turn, in either direction at the traffic lights, daily bring hazard to pedestrians and other motorists alike. Geoff103
  • Score: 4

10:51am Wed 5 Mar 14

TwoHat says...

There seems to be no joined-up thinking in the planning department - this is just one example, there are many more where permission has been given for developments with no consideration about transport infrastructure - in fact it applies to almost every development around Kendal for the past few decades - Asda, Morrisons, Lakeland, all given permission for developments which add tremendous volumes of traffic to inadequate roads. And now potentially this, Sainsburys, etc. At the same time they make it as difficult as possible for traffic to get through Kendal by putting in traffic lights every 50 yards.
There seems to be no joined-up thinking in the planning department - this is just one example, there are many more where permission has been given for developments with no consideration about transport infrastructure - in fact it applies to almost every development around Kendal for the past few decades - Asda, Morrisons, Lakeland, all given permission for developments which add tremendous volumes of traffic to inadequate roads. And now potentially this, Sainsburys, etc. At the same time they make it as difficult as possible for traffic to get through Kendal by putting in traffic lights every 50 yards. TwoHat
  • Score: 9

12:45pm Wed 5 Mar 14

magical trevor says...

The bridge was actually damaged around June last year. Despite numerous promises of repairs by Canal and River Trust (North West) it still remains in a poor state of repairs. Repair work was due to be done on the damaged parapet just before Xmas, but Cumbria County Council apparently put the brakes on this fearing road congestion. This is a listed structure and should be looked after and maintained...especia
lly as it is an important part of the infrastructure for this local area.
The bridge was actually damaged around June last year. Despite numerous promises of repairs by Canal and River Trust (North West) it still remains in a poor state of repairs. Repair work was due to be done on the damaged parapet just before Xmas, but Cumbria County Council apparently put the brakes on this fearing road congestion. This is a listed structure and should be looked after and maintained...especia lly as it is an important part of the infrastructure for this local area. magical trevor
  • Score: 1

3:43pm Wed 5 Mar 14

jazzactivist says...

Wouldn't it just be better if a sign was put up saying "unsuitable for HGVs"? How often do large lorries go to the Crooklands industrial site anyway - couldn't it just be the case that the owners of businesses there inform their suppliers that it is unsuitable for HGVs and to deliver in smaller vehicles. I live in a house where the access road is extremely narrow with no turning spaces, and that's what I have to do for deliveries. No company has refused so far.
Wouldn't it just be better if a sign was put up saying "unsuitable for HGVs"? How often do large lorries go to the Crooklands industrial site anyway - couldn't it just be the case that the owners of businesses there inform their suppliers that it is unsuitable for HGVs and to deliver in smaller vehicles. I live in a house where the access road is extremely narrow with no turning spaces, and that's what I have to do for deliveries. No company has refused so far. jazzactivist
  • Score: -8

3:58pm Wed 5 Mar 14

magical trevor says...

Wagons come off the M6 at Junction 36 to refuel.
Wagons come off the M6 at Junction 36 to refuel. magical trevor
  • Score: 1

4:52pm Wed 5 Mar 14

magical trevor says...

Update: Works are due to start next week.
There will be a road closure on 11th and 12th March
Update: Works are due to start next week. There will be a road closure on 11th and 12th March magical trevor
  • Score: 1

5:50pm Thu 6 Mar 14

littlemy says...

There is an HGV testing station there, not just an industrial estate so banning HGVs is not going to work!
There is an HGV testing station there, not just an industrial estate so banning HGVs is not going to work! littlemy
  • Score: 4

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