Moor Lane Bridge could be permanently closed as six-month trial comes to an end

PUBLISHED: 13:41 08 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:41 08 February 2017

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Weston-super-Mare’s Moor Lane Bridge may be permanently closed to vehicles in the future, following a six-month trial.

North Somerset Council closed the bridge, which passes over the railway line, last July because repairs to the ‘deteriorating’ embankments would have been too expensive to repair.

The six-month trial ended in January, but the bridge has remained closed to vehicles since then.

The council has now revealed in its forward plan, which lays out its ambitions for the months ahead, that it will seek approval for the ‘permanent closure’ of the bridge.

When the council closed the bridge in July, it said work to strengthen the embankments would cost more than £100,000.

It expects if the railway line in Weston is electrified, this could mean further changes have to be made to the bridge’s structure.

During the past six months, it has been reviewing traffic in the area, and how it was affected by the closure.

The final decision on the bridge’s future is likely to be taken by the council’s deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees, who has responsibility for highways.

It is expected his verdict will be delivered in March.

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