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Cumbria floods: preliminary bridge inspections due to complete today

Structural engineers are due to complete their checks today on around 1,300 of Cumbria’s 1,800 bridges with seven so far identified as needing full inspections.

All of the county’s 1,300 bridges which are near water are being checked out of a total of 1,800.

Seven bridges have been identified by Cumbria County Council’s engineers as requiring principal bridge inspections, where divers will assess their foundations to look for scour damage and erosion. An inspection typically takes a day and can only be done once river levels are suitable.

These bridges are Holmrook Bridge in Holmrook, Egremont Bridge in Egremont, Broughton Bridge in Great Broughton, Butt Bridge in Ennerdale Bridge, Wath Bridge at Cleator Moor, Gote Bridge in Cockermouth and Greta Bridge in Keswick.

A number of other bridges remain closed either because they are clearly damaged beyond repair or there are still safety concerns.

Three road bridges that were closed in the wake of unprecedented flooding that hit parts of Cumbria have however re-opened.

Holmrook bridge on the A595 has been reopened despite needing further inspections, and Wath bridge on the C4017 at Wath Brow near Cleator Moor is open again as is Scalehill bridge, just north of Crummock Water.

Honister Hause Bridge, near the bottom of Honister Pass, has however been closed. 

A total of six bridges around the county have collapsed - three road bridges and three footbridges and series of bridges are closed because of flood damage.

Meanwhile the Royal Engineers will begin building a temporary footbridge crossing of the River Derwent in Workington on Sunday, uniting communities currently cut off on the north and south side of the river following the collapse of Workington Bridge and the footbridge and structural damage making Calva Bridge unusable.

It is hoped the new bridge will be completed by 5 December.

Network Rail plans to open a temporary rail station just north of the River Derwent on Monday. This will also improve links on the two sides of the river.

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