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TfL defends condition of its key structures

Transport for London (TfL) has staunchly defended its bridge maintenance regime after the BBC claimed to have uncovered proof that six flyovers are in a poor condition with one, the A40 Westway, in a very poor condition.

The BBC’s Inside Out programme claims to have obtained the most recent inspection reports into all 36 TfL flyovers.

TfL refused to confirm that the BBC’s claims were correct, but said it had confidence in its inspection regime. “TfL has a robust inspection regime for all structures, including flyovers on our road network,” said a spokesman. “This regime is risk based to reflect previous inspection condition factors, the age and type of the structure.

“Importantly, TfL’s structural inspection process is in line with industry guidance for maintaining road assets both nationally and across Europe.”

The Westway, identified by the BBC as in “very poor” condition is currently undergoing overnight work on its expansion joints.

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