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Middle of bridge sagging

Reported via mobile in the Bridges category anonymously at 15:57, Friday 7 May 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

Down the centre of this bridge is some patching work which has been there years. Walking on this today, I was very saggy and felt like it would soon cave so to speak. This needs to be assessed urgently

Council ref: ENQ21894039

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:57, Friday 7 May 2021

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    Isn't this the place where the deck recently gave way under the street sweeper ? Tells you something ? Or is this (and other bridges) due for massive replacement as part of the budget for the now approved new East - West Travel Route ?

    Posted anonymously at 18:41, Friday 7 May 2021

  • That is exactly the one! I'm only 13 stone and it was precarious with my weight on it let alone mobility scooters, bikes etc.

    Posted anonymously at 19:06, Friday 7 May 2021

  • The emergency barrier protecting people from leaning on the bridge rail is now attached to a rotten piece of bridge. There is limited access because pathway is now narrower and as I have reported before the centre of the bridge moves/sags with weight. This pathway is extensively used and would cause a great deal of inconvenience if it was closed. This bridge has been in a precarious state for many months. It needs to be attended to right away. This is one of many alerts to the state of this bridge.

    Posted anonymously at 18:21, Tuesday 25 May 2021

  • Come the day there have to be structural repairs or (ouch !) a replacement, the air will be blue with rage at the temporary loss of this route (*). Certain we can rely on our councillors to be already on the case and planning ahead ! (cf - as for: the New Bridge Street bridge being a temporary substitute when the old Bridge Street structure reaches the end of its design-life; the Woodford link going the same way as the Cogges Link; ... ? ). Ah, but we'll all be on bikes !

    Posted anonymously at 20:21, Tuesday 25 May 2021

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    These photos were taken 28/5/2021. The bridge is clearly in a very bad state of repair. The emergency barrier it attached to a failing structure. Do we have to wait for an accident? The other bridge is also beginning to look in a bad state. PLEASE FIX, its been like this for months.

    Posted anonymously at 13:33, Friday 28 May 2021

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    This is part of the structure of the second bridge over Langel taken on 28/5/2021. Not long before this breaks up too. Please look at both bridges and fix.

    Posted anonymously at 13:39, Friday 28 May 2021

  • Don't we need to keep "THEM" (ie the councillors AND the officers of all three tiers) focussed on the fact that it's the WHOLE of the bridges structures that need extensive repair or wholesale replacement ? Otherwise there'll be just another temporary bodge/ fob-off, and everything'll start all over again in a couple of months time. ( and that there are three other such key foot+ bridges around Witney in the same predicament ).

    Posted anonymously at 16:02, Friday 28 May 2021

  • Unfortunately, we've just spent a million pounds on the new Corn Street cycle lanes, so there is no money left for these repairs.

    Remember, this is Oxfordshire - cyclists have priority, even over rickety bridges!

    Posted anonymously at 11:21, Saturday 5 June 2021

  • The Witney Active Travel Plan has a huge (but not fully and publicly declared - yet ...?) budget for works FROM Corn Street/ Holloway Road in the West, across TO Madley Park in the East. Right slap bang in the middle and without which the Plan can never work, are these two increasingly rickety bridges. Surely the well-paid officers and the well-opinionated councillors at Town, District and County level have made sure they made proper provision for upgrading/ replacing those dilapidated, VITAL structures (rather than say, redoing the crossing in Oxford Hill that was upgraded at significant cost barely three years ago ... ?)

    Posted anonymously at 13:36, Saturday 5 June 2021

  • Thank you for your report. We have looked at it and found that it was a duplicate of an issue reported by another customer.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:21 today

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