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Mabey in talks to supply temporary replacement for damaged Calva Bridge

Temporary bridge specialist Mabey is in talks with Cumbria County Council to replace the 80m long condemned Calva Bridge after military solutions were deemed unsuitable.

The council has met with Mabey Bridge, Mabey Hire Services and the Royal Engineers, said Mabey Bridge UK director Alex Smale. “We are in some discussion in terms of temporary bridges for Cumbria,” he said.

Mabey Hire Services director for bridges Chris Carter said no fixed plans for Calva were in place yet. “We are doing an early feasibility study for them but I believe that there are other options they are discussing,” he said.

“We are doing an early feasibility study for them but I believe that there are other options they are discussing.”

Chris Carter, Mabey Hire Services

Calva Bridge is the “first one to look at”, he said, and the council has not yet approached the company about any other crossings. “We are waiting for Cumbria [County Council] to assess all the structures and make its decision,” said Carter.

Council officials consulted the Royal Engineers about Calva Bridge but it was decided that military solutions were unnecessary, said a Ministry of Defence spokesman.

Ministry of Defence regional community relations officer for Cumbria and Tynedale Carol Bell said a small team of Territorial Army specialists were tasked with helping assess damage to Calva Bridge in the early hours of Sunday morning.

They were “asked to ascertain whether a solution using military equipment could be used to span the River Derwent”, she said.

Carter said Mabey’s pre-engineered steel modular truss Delta Bridge and heavy duty modular design Universal bridge were most likely to be used at Calva, because they can be built quickly and are available from stock.

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