Kirkham Bridge near Malton damaged by lorry

Gazette & Herald: The damaged bridge today. The damaged bridge today.

A 300-year-old bridge in North Yorkshire has been damaged and will need to undergo costly repairs, writes Neil Johnston.

Initial reports suggest the Kirkham Bridge, which crosses the River Derwent, was hit by a foreign HGV, but nobody saw the number plate of the vehicle.

Highway workers have since put up barriers but North Yorkshire County Council says divers may need to be sent into the river to retrieve the stone.

Four years ago the bridge was closed following a similar incident but the damage was much worse and the bridge was shut for two months.

After a tractor and trailer damaged the bridge in 2009, one local resident, John Teale said that it was “probably the most abused bridge in North Yorkshire” because of the damage it has suffered.

On the new damage, Richard Marr, highways and transportation area manager for the county council, said he "would not be surprised at all if is a five figure sum" to repaid.

He added that initial estimates suggest it will have to be closed for about a week to ten days, but the bridge won't be shut immediately and he is "confident the bridge is safe."

He stressed though that if there was more damage than meets the eye it could take longer, especially with complications of it being a listed structure.

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8:36pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Dick Turpin says...

Put up barriers like they have on the bridge at Buttercrambe.
Put up barriers like they have on the bridge at Buttercrambe. Dick Turpin
  • Score: 11

10:12pm Tue 11 Mar 14

granny sue says...

I was worried there for a minute that you were going to say Lendal
I was worried there for a minute that you were going to say Lendal granny sue
  • Score: 6

11:06pm Tue 11 Mar 14

twotonethomas says...

Bloody foreigners.

Oh no sorry we have no proof it was a foreigner!

Is this the Daily bloody Mail?
Bloody foreigners. Oh no sorry we have no proof it was a foreigner! Is this the Daily bloody Mail? twotonethomas
  • Score: 4

11:27pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

It seems to be a common factor when bridges such as Sutton, Stamford Bridge, Buttercrambe and now Kirkham, which have all been damaged in recent years, to blame unknown lorries, especially "foreign" lorries for the damage. Strange!
It seems to be a common factor when bridges such as Sutton, Stamford Bridge, Buttercrambe and now Kirkham, which have all been damaged in recent years, to blame unknown lorries, especially "foreign" lorries for the damage. Strange! Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 3

11:37pm Tue 11 Mar 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Dick Turpin wrote:
Put up barriers like they have on the bridge at Buttercrambe.
Or cameras like Elvington/Sutton bridge.
[quote][p][bold]Dick Turpin[/bold] wrote: Put up barriers like they have on the bridge at Buttercrambe.[/p][/quote]Or cameras like Elvington/Sutton bridge. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 9

12:30am Wed 12 Mar 14

anistasia says...

It is sad that an old bridge got damaged but cost should not be an issue the lorries insurance should pay for it.are these big trucks to big to be going over little stone bridges.pleased no body hurt.
It is sad that an old bridge got damaged but cost should not be an issue the lorries insurance should pay for it.are these big trucks to big to be going over little stone bridges.pleased no body hurt. anistasia
  • Score: -7

4:54am Wed 12 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

AnotherPointofView wrote:
Dick Turpin wrote:
Put up barriers like they have on the bridge at Buttercrambe.
Or cameras like Elvington/Sutton bridge.
Bubwith Bridge has cameras too... seems the east riding council has got the right idea - because they're already starting to pay their way. The Bubwith Bridge has bene hit a couple of times since the cameras went up, and I think Sutton Bridge has been hit since then too, and the council used the CCTV to get compensation off the driver(s) involved.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPointofView[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dick Turpin[/bold] wrote: Put up barriers like they have on the bridge at Buttercrambe.[/p][/quote]Or cameras like Elvington/Sutton bridge.[/p][/quote]Bubwith Bridge has cameras too... seems the east riding council has got the right idea - because they're already starting to pay their way. The Bubwith Bridge has bene hit a couple of times since the cameras went up, and I think Sutton Bridge has been hit since then too, and the council used the CCTV to get compensation off the driver(s) involved. Magicman!
  • Score: 8

8:09am Wed 12 Mar 14

again says...

Let's hope it did a heck of a lot of damage to the lorry!
Let's hope it did a heck of a lot of damage to the lorry! again
  • Score: 7

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