Demolition begins on Derbyshire accident bridge

Demolition work has begun on a former Derbyshire railway bridge which has seen more than 20 accidents over the past two decades.

Derbyshire County Council said the four-metre high bridge near Ambergate, over the A610 at Sawmills, has been struck by lorries on several occasions.

The authority added that it was being removed to stop crashes in the future.

The road will be closed to traffic between Bullbridge Hill and New Road. It is expected to reopen on Sunday.

During the closure, traffic will be diverted via the A38 to the Little Eaton island and back along the A6, and A610 and vice versa.

Officials said the disused railway bridge had also caused congestion, as well as lorries misjudging the height.

Simon Spencer, the county council's deputy leader and cabinet member for highways and transport, said road safety was one of the authority's "top priorities".

"The bridge we're demolishing has a long history of accidents with at least 20 reported over the past 20 years - some resulting in vehicles overturning," he said.

The authority's project engineer, Mick Lander, said: "We hope to finish at about midnight and then in the early hours of Sunday morning we'll be taken up be clearing the road, making everything safe and reopening the road to traffic."

The steel and concrete bridge was opened in 1875 and was last used in 1968.

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