Just a word of caution to anyone visiting our campus – Gressingham Bridge is currently closed and so may affect your travelling time to campus. We do not have information at this time as to when it will be re-opening.
Statement Thursday 22 September from Lancashire County Council
At lunchtime of Friday 16 September we were alerted to damage at the bridge. The parapet wall on one side had been struck by a vehicle, displacing the stonework. We inspected the bridge on Friday and found that the displaced stonework remained stable. We concluded that we could keep the bridge open. We placed some barriers in the refuge area above the bridge pier, adjacent to the damage.
Today, Thursday, we have been alerted to further damage to the bridge. Persons unknown have removed the temporary barriers and left them in a nearby lay-by. The damaged area of the parapet wall has been hit again, and so has the wall opposite the original damage. The stonework is now unstable and we have closed the bridge to safeguard the public. We will repair the bridge as quickly as we can. The roadway is too narrow for us to protect the damaged walls and still have sufficient width available to allow traffic to pass.
Loyn Bridge is a scheduled ancient monument and is Grade II* Listed. Any work that we do on the bridge has to have the consent of Historic England and we will be liaising with them over the repairs.