Local News & Archive, Regional News — March 10, 2017 at 1:24 pm — Updated: March 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm

£14m needed for ‘substandard’ Denbighshire bridges, RAC claims

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A new report has claimed £14 million is needed to improve Denbighshire’s weakest bridges.

The RAC Foundation says twenty bridges in the county, maintained by Denbighshire Council, are ‘substandard’ and unfit to carry the heaviest vehicles.

In neighbouring Conwy county, the organisation said 51 bridges were deemed poor and in need of over £2 million of improvements. The findings revealed Conwy also had more ‘substandard’ bridges than any other part of Wales and the ninth highest number of any local authority in the UK.

Across Wales, the RAC claimed there were 305 poor bridges and around £100 million of work was needed to bring them up to standard. But the foundation added there was little incentive to strengthen some structures because they were on country tracks where heavy vehicles would not venture.

Responding to the findings, a spokesman for the Welsh Local Government Association said it was necessary for councils to ”prioritise maintenance expenditure” because of financial pressures, but insisted they would take necessary action – including prohibiting use of a bridge – in a worse case scenario.

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