Bridges across Wakefield to cost millions to repair

Storrs Hill Road Bridge, Horbury Bridge
Storrs Hill Road Bridge, Horbury Bridge

BRIDGE repairs costing millions of pounds are expected to be approved next week.

Chantry Bridge, Storrs Hill Road Rail bridge in Ossett, and Cow Lane bridge in Sharlston are among those to have been identified as needing repairs for safety reasons.

And a repair bill totalling nearly £4m between 2011 and 2016 has been drawn up in a report that will go before Wakefield Council’s cabinet committee on Tuesday.

The report said Wakefield Council could be held liable for damage or even corporate manslaughter if they were to collapse.

It states: “Wakefield Council could be held liable in damages and or prosecuted for a range of offences including corporate manslaughter in the most serious case.

“The projects scheduled for 2011-2016 are those of highest priority to ensure acceptable levels of safety and to mitigate the risk to the council of liability for a bridge collapse, together with impact upon service users of restrictions at sub-standard bridges.”

High-priority jobs include £175,000 being allocated to repair Chantry Bridge during this financial year, if consent from English Heritage is granted.

It is hoped the costs for some bridges could be shared with Network Rail.