Hammersmith Bridge closure sparks safety fears for 3,177 others classed as 'substandard' last year 

Mail Online | 4/11/2019 | James Salmon Transport Editor For The Daily Mail
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The closure of one of London’s busiest bridges has sparked fresh safety concerns over more than 3,000 other crossings in Britain.

Hammersmith Bridge was shut to traffic after Hammersmith and Fulham council said ‘critical faults’ were discovered in the structure.

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The Grade II* listed structure, which was opened in 1887 and has long been one of the busiest over the River Thames, closed on Wednesday. Cyclists and pedestrians can still use it.

The decision – days after hundreds of spectators lined the bridge to watch the Boat Race on the Thames – follows a survey by the RAC Foundation which found 3,177 bridges were classed as ‘substandard’ in 2017/18.

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The council blamed Government cuts for the closure as it said it could not afford to carry out essential repairs.

The decision has raised questions about the structural integrity of bridges around the country - with around 3,177 bridges classed as ‘substandard ‘in 2017/18.

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This means they are too weak to carry the heaviest vehicles, including lorries weighing up to 44 tonnes.

This equates to around one in 23 bridges and is based on information provided by 200 of the 207 councils in England, Scotland and Wales to the...
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