This article examines the options for implementing the massive bridge repair programme in the UK, required by the Department of Transport (DTp), which is proving extremely difficult for the bridge owners. The DTp has promised the European Commission that 40 tonne lorries will be acceptable on British roads by 1990. However, the principal bridge owners state that is is not viable to strengthen over 100000 small span road bridges in time to meet this requirement. This raises the question of whether the Government and local authorities will be forced to introduce lorry priority routes. The freight industry is also deeply concerned at the possibility of the simultaneous strengthening of several bridges in a locality causing major traffic delays in cities. Although the DTp issued its initial bridge loading standard amendment BD21/84 in 1984, (see IRRD 812111) progress on improving the UK's bridges has been minimal hitherto. There is no accurate estimate of the total cost of this work, although an unofficial estimate is 1.4 billion; only one of the major owners, London Regional Transport, has done a full survey. The House of Commons Transport Committee has requested an accelerated bridge repair programme, but the DTp is not promising to fund all repairs.

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    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Alexander, D
  • Publication Date: 1990-2-1


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 22-23
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  • Accession Number: 00606707
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM