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Council still no closer to collapsed bridge solution
7:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
WARRINGTON Borough Council is still unable to say when repairs on a collapsed bridge will start, leaving businesses facing closure in limbo.
Town Hall bosses say negotiations are ongoing to start work at the bridge which provides access to trading estates at Fiddlers Ferry.
The Warrington Guardian can reveal emergency repair work was carried out on the same bridge in 2007, but it was not replaced.
It collapsed on Thursday, September 5, when a lorry fell through it.
The bridge was due to be replaced by Warrington Borough Council in November.
Businesses on the trading estate say they are unable to operate and could shut down.
Karl Gore, owner of repair and maintenance garage Daf Commercials, said: “This has affected me terribly.
“I have customers who can’t get to me.
“They will go somewhere else and I will lose that business.
“If this carries on I don’t know if I’ll be able to pay rent next month.”
Philip Parker, owner of Fiddlers Ferry Caravans, offers storage for 150 caravans at the site.
He said: “Businesses can’t run and customers can’t get to us.
“We are losing customers.
“We are getting frustrated as the council isn’t telling us what is going on.”
Network Rail is continuing to offer access via a smaller private bridge it owns next to the Ferry Tavern pub.
It cannot take heavy traffic meaning it can only be used sparingly, and at booked times.
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