Peel should paint Warrington's swing bridges

Warrington Guardian: Peel should paint Warrington's swing bridges Peel should paint Warrington's swing bridges

WARRINGTON Borough Council should continue to push Peel Ports to paint the swing bridges in the town.

The issue of the swing bridges was brought up by Clr Celia Jordan (LD - Stockton Heath) at a full council meeting last Monday.

Clr Jordan said: “The bridges create a very poor visual impression of Warrington as they lie on the ‘gateways’ into the town. They are covered with rust and look awful.”

Clr Linda Dirir (LAB - Penketh and Cuerdley), executive member for highways, transportation and climate change, said: “We have been asking for this for the last two years. It’s been an agenda item on every meeting I have had with them.

“Each bridge would cost between £300,000 and £500,000 to paint they say and they have not budgeted for this.

“It seems to me far too high.”

Clr Jordan replied: “I am pleased the council has this topic on the agenda when they meet with Peel.

“There must be cheaper options, which could be considered.

“You have to wonder if they are spending enough on maintenance.

“Surely we haven’t got to wait until the structure rusts right through and a bridge falls into the water before they take some action.”

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12:11pm Mon 31 Mar 14

MikeJT says...

Just think of the impact on traffic that closing sections of the bridges will have whilst they give them a lick of paint. The current "state" of the bridges is basically surface rust staining and does not require immediate attention. Lets wait until they actually need an overhaul before they do them. As regards "image", I very much doubt that anybody would really think "that old iron/steel bridge is looking a bit shabby, this must be a right sh##-##le".
Just think of the impact on traffic that closing sections of the bridges will have whilst they give them a lick of paint. The current "state" of the bridges is basically surface rust staining and does not require immediate attention. Lets wait until they actually need an overhaul before they do them. As regards "image", I very much doubt that anybody would really think "that old iron/steel bridge is looking a bit shabby, this must be a right sh##-##le". MikeJT
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12:19pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Karlar says...

WBC and Cllr Dirir in particular should put its own house in order in matters of image and practicality, before sniping at Peel Ports. Most Warrington road users will be too busy dodging the increasing number of potholes, to minimize damage to their cars etc to worry over the state of the paint on Peel's bridges. Many of the current crop of potholes are becoming increasingly dangerous and hazardous.
WBC and Cllr Dirir in particular should put its own house in order in matters of image and practicality, before sniping at Peel Ports. Most Warrington road users will be too busy dodging the increasing number of potholes, to minimize damage to their cars etc to worry over the state of the paint on Peel's bridges. Many of the current crop of potholes are becoming increasingly dangerous and hazardous. Karlar
  • Score: 18

12:20pm Mon 31 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

£300,000 - £500,000 seems about right to me Cllr Dirir, if it was to be done properly! If your going to paint them then you paint them properly so that it lasts. Maybe she was thinking about when WBC do a job just do it as cheap as possible then it doesn't last 2 minuets so they pay again!
£300,000 - £500,000 seems about right to me Cllr Dirir, if it was to be done properly! If your going to paint them then you paint them properly so that it lasts. Maybe she was thinking about when WBC do a job just do it as cheap as possible then it doesn't last 2 minuets so they pay again! GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 8

4:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

fedster says...

i think it gives them character

i agree on the potholes

aa and rac have said most of there call out to tyre issues are caused by pot holes.

amazing the damage a pot hole can cause at 30 never mind at faster speeds
i think it gives them character i agree on the potholes aa and rac have said most of there call out to tyre issues are caused by pot holes. amazing the damage a pot hole can cause at 30 never mind at faster speeds fedster
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7:46pm Mon 31 Mar 14

mr dave k says...

300 to 500 k to paint,when can i start ???
300 to 500 k to paint,when can i start ??? mr dave k
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11:19pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Trevbert says...

whats this have a pop at Peel Ports week. maybe they should shove a broom up there jacksies and brush up whilst they;re painting bridges!!!

WBC whinge whinge whinge....... lets just look at the great job they did at bridgefoot island last time they got theyre paint brushes out!!!!!
whats this have a pop at Peel Ports week. maybe they should shove a broom up there jacksies and brush up whilst they;re painting bridges!!! WBC whinge whinge whinge....... lets just look at the great job they did at bridgefoot island last time they got theyre paint brushes out!!!!! Trevbert
  • Score: 8

10:01pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Knowmenot says...

I must say that pot holes on the bridges (which Peel Ports maintain the road surface) are repaired far quicker than "Warrington Enterprise" can. They take weeks to see them, then put white paint around them (frequently missing the next bit which will go in a week) and then fix the pot hole. Takes months!! A disgrace.
I must say that pot holes on the bridges (which Peel Ports maintain the road surface) are repaired far quicker than "Warrington Enterprise" can. They take weeks to see them, then put white paint around them (frequently missing the next bit which will go in a week) and then fix the pot hole. Takes months!! A disgrace. Knowmenot
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