Bridge closure talks ‘ongoing’

The section of Geddington Road in Corby has been closed to larger vehicles for 18 months

The section of Geddington Road in Corby has been closed to larger vehicles for 18 months

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Travel disruption caused by the closure of a bridge to larger vehicles looks set to continue.

Northamptonshire County Council imposed a ban on vehicles weighing more than three tonnes using Geddington Road in Corby 18 months ago after a report said it was in danger of collapsing.

Concrete bollards were installed after some lorry drivers ignored the warning signs. Despite this, there have been incidents of lorries trying to use the bridge and getting stuck.

The bridge is owned by Tata Steel, which is still in talks with the county council over the best way to strengthen it. The council has recently renewed the restriction order for another 18 months.

Business owners are angry at the closure, which they say is costing them money. Abdullatif Bhika is the franchise owner of the Murco garage in Geddington Road. He said: “I’m very angry about this, no-one has told me anything about this extension to the restriction.

“People are scared to drive through the narrowed road and my business has dropped by a third.

“I just want something done.”

A county council spokesman said: “We are currently in discussions with Tata Steel about the work required.

“Improvements are needed to strengthen the bridge and vehicles weighing more than three tonnes are required to follow a diversion route.

“It was a report prepared by Tata Steel which highlighted the issue.

“As highways authority, the county council plays a role in ensuring safety on the county’s roads. We very much want the work to be carried out as it will bring considerable relief to the travelling public.”