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Businesses could go out of business following Fiddler's bridge collapse
7:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A COMPANY owner on Fiddlers Ferry says businesses face going bankrupt as a bridge collapse means they cannot get to work.
There is currently no access for vehicles to get onto the trading estate at Fiddlers Ferry. Numerous companies are based there.
Warrington Borough Council is unable to confirm when repair work will start, with ‘discussions’ on ‘various options’ ongoing.
Philip Parker owns Fiddlers Ferry Caravans. His business faces closure as caravans can no longer get to the storage facility.
He said: “Basically we are stuck.
“The council’s failure to act will see all of the businesses go bankrupt.
“I’m getting it in the neck from customers who are upset because they can’t come and pick up their caravans.
“One came back from their holiday on Wednesday morning and is now stuck with nowhere to put their caravan.
“It’s not a nice end to your holiday.”
Mike Mason, owner of Limos North West, said: “If this isn’t resolved we won’t be able to operate and are looking at alternative sites.
“Our problem is that if we can’t fill the bookings our drivers are down on wages so it’s negative for everyone.”
A bridge that offered the main access point collapsed on Thursday, September 5, when a lorry fell through it into the St Helens canal.
As revealed in the Warrington Guardian, it was due to be replaced by Warrington Borough Council in November.
Workers have been using a smaller crossing next to the Ferry Tavern pub on Station Road, owned by Network Rail.
It has been supporting vehicles using the crossing, which needs to be operated with a key.
However, that support was withdrawn on Tuesday night as Network Rail says the bridge is not able to take heavy traffic.
A spokesman said: “It is not designed, nor safe, to take high volumes of traffic and as a gesture of goodwill Network Rail has been manning the crossing for over a week.
“However we do not have the resource or the funding to man the crossing in the long term and have had to close it to all but registered users.”
Network Rail added discussions were ongoing with the council to fund support being reinstated.
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