Marlow Bridge Closed For Up To Six Months, Costing £200,000 To Repair

It could take up to six months to reopen.

03/10/2016 12:02

A lorry driver’s error will cost £200,000 to fix after trying to cross an historical bridge in Marlow, Buckinghamshire

A spokesman from the “embarrassed” company apologised after one of its employees ignored warning signs and tried to travel over the iconic bridge, which has a three-tonne weight limit.

The financial cost to rectify the error, which happened on Saturday, September 24, will be £200,000.

The road, which serves as the main access route into the busy town, is due to be closed for up to six months.

The Girteka Logistics lorry driver reportedly drove through traffic calming measures and got stuck after blowing a tyre.

The breakdown caused “overstressing on key structural parts of the bridge”, Transport for Bucks revealed.

Kristian Kaas Mortensen, a spokesman for Girteka Logistics, told the Bucks Free Press that they are taking the issue “very seriously” and are “truly ashamed” of what happened.

He said: “I’m truly ashamed that we had a driver who would be so inconsiderate to cross this bridge.

“We will take appropriate actions towards this driver, and as well involve his union representative.

“We are very embarrassed and apologise to the people of Marlow for this situation.”

Buckinghamshire County Council has put in an insurance claim to the lorry company, with the leader of the council saying: “Clearly it is down to them to pay, not the residents of Marlow or indeed Buckinghamshire.”

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