Drivers have reacted angrily to the news of the closure of a bridge in Cumbria.

Buckbarrow Bridge on the U4064, Corney Fell, was closed on Wednesday with immediate effect by Cumberland Council.

The decision was made due to fears that the bridge would collapse, with its structural integrity and ability to support significant weight called into question.

One motorist said: "This is the default position for any bridge issue throughout Cumbria.

"No remedial time-scale, no accountability."

A diversion route has been set up along  the A595 from Waberthwaite to Duddon Bridge.

The emergency road closure was announced to be in place until further notice.

Another motorist argued: "Will now be waiting for a replacement bridge for the next 60 years just like waiting for the diversion through the farm yard at Grizebeck."

Cumberland Council apologised for the inconvenience the bridge is due to cause, along with the traffic diversions it will account for. 

Whilst no direct cause has been given for the potential collapse, the age of the bridge has been pointed out by some of the local community.

A driver said: "I'm quite surprised to see that one fail.

"I suppose it must be about 50 years old."

Work is now being carried out to consider options on replacing the bridge and the public will be informed of any progress.

For more information, please contact Cumberland Council’s Highways Hotline on 0300 373 3736 or visit the Cumberland Council website.