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06 January 2016

Closure of Victoria Bridge, Kendal, to west-bound traffic

Victoria Bridge 1

Today a specialist diving team undertook a further inspection of Victoria Bridge, Kendal. This revealed that the river bed had been eroded underneath the bridge pillar on the upstream side of the bridge.

This damage has occurred since the flood of 5/6th December when bridge was closed, inspected and re-opened on 7th December and has been caused by the continuous fast flowing water that has been flowing through the bridge since its last inspection.

It is recognised that this bridge is of major importance to Kendal. Cumbria County Council is working with consulting engineers to agree the priority for repairs for bridges across Cumbria. Options for temporary and permanent repairs will be considered before any indication of timescales for the works can be announced.

In the meantime the A6 is being closed this evening to west-bound traffic at Longpool roundabout with a diversion along Wildman Street and over Stramongate Bridge. Traffic requiring access to Beezon Road Industrial Estate will be able to use Wildman Street and Beezon Road. Victoria Bridge will remain open to east-bound traffic, albeit travelling on the opposite side of the road.

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Today a specialist diving team undertook a further inspection of Victoria Bridge, Kendal. This revealed that the river bed had been eroded underneath the bridge pillar on the upstream side of the bridge.