Weight limits placed on 'deteriorating' Derby bridge

A new weight restriction has been placed on a Derby bridge because of safety concerns.

The weight limit on London Road Bridge has been reduced to 7.5 tonnes from 18 tonnes, but emergency vehicles will still be able to use the bridge.

An inspection by Derby City Council engineers found the bridge had "deteriorated significantly".

The city council said the bridge needed an £8m revamp but money was not available for the work.

Funds needed

The bridge will remain open to two-way traffic flow and there will be no impact on pedestrians or cyclists.

The council is in the process of submitting a funding bid for the replacement of the bridge to the Department for Transport.

Councillor Chris Poulter said: "This is a significant bridge on a major route into the city, which passes over the main rail line between Derby and Birmingham and the South West.

"Any inconvenience caused is necessary to preserve the structure until vital funding can be secured to enable its replacement."

Vehicles heavier than 7.5 tonnes are being advised to use the A6 via Pride Park.

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