A CONCERNED Cllr. is calling for urgent action from highway chiefs following a third incident in recent weeks involving a lorry and a bridge at Lymm which has led to local traffic chaos.
A lorry used for carrying a skip became stuck under an aqueduct bridge on Barsbank Lane, Lymm, on Saturday, following on from two other recent incident involving HGVs getting stuck on humpback bridges in the village.
Local Cllr Ian Marks said: “Coming on top of two recent groundings of vehicles on canal bridges, we now have a vehicle stuck underneath an aqueduct. This caused chaos on Barsbank Lane and it is a common occurrence for vehicles being forced to turn round before they reach the aqueduct when they realise they cannot get through. Large vehicles should have proper Satnavs that stop them using roads where there are restrictions. A standard TomTom or equivalent is no good. We need to look again at the signage and make sure it is visible and clear. It would also help if the foilage hanging down from the aqueduct was cut back.
“Months ago I agreed with the Council for a new sign to slow vehicles down under the aqueduct but I am still waiting for this. I chased it last week because it is long overdue. The problem with HGVs causing havoc and risks to people and bridge structures is on Lymm Parish Council’s agenda and we must make sure we get some action before we have a worse problem.”
“Its the second time in less than a month a HGV has become stuck on a bridge in the village after a HGV got stuck on the historic humpback bridge over the Bridgewater Canal at Oughtrington.
Remarkably no major damage was caused.”