Solution to bridge problems

Police close a section of Geddington Road in Corby as a Citroen transit van is wedged between the concrete bollards on the morning of Thursday 22nd December 2011.
Police close a section of Geddington Road in Corby as a Citroen transit van is wedged between the concrete bollards on the morning of Thursday 22nd December 2011.
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A plan to strengthen a weak bridge where road restrictions have caused traffic chaos has been approved by highway bosses.

Tata Steel, which owns the bridge in Geddington Road, had its improvement plan approved by Northamptonshire County Council.

Concrete bollards were put in place nearly a year ago after the bridge was deemed at “immediate risk to the public” over fears it could collapse.

The bollards, which narrowed the road, were installed to prevent larger vehicles weighing three tonnes and above from using the route.

But some heavy goods vehicles ignored the signage and became wedged in the concrete bollards.

A van overturned in a single-vehicle collision in the section with the bollards, leading to its driver being taken to hospital on December 22.

Just four days later a Peugeot estate car overturned in the same area.

A spokesman for Tata Steel said: “A design was presented and approved by Northamptonshire County Council and currently is undergoing a process of detailing.

“Our priority is sustainable steel-making and also our priority is our relationship with the local community.

“We hope the matter will be resolved as quickly as possible.”

The spokesman added it was too early to give a date when work would start.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “We have made an approval in principle for repair work to the Geddington Road Bridge in Corby.

“We very much welcome the work being carried out as it will bring considerable relief to the travelling public.”

Tim Wright, owner of haulage firm Truckwright, based in Geddington Road, welcomed the action being taken.

He said: “The impact has been the cost of fuel because we have had to make a two or three-mile detour.

“It’s also the time and the wear and tear. We have one customer just the other side of the barrier.”