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Why is there no protection for the bridge supports

Reported via mobile in the Structures (eg bridges, fencing, noise barriers) category anonymously at 11:39, Saturday 9 January 2021

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

Why are there no barriers protecting the bridge supports? Wouldn’t the bridge be severely damaged if it was hit buy a HGV or large vehicle? All the other bridges along that stretch if the M4 have them? Would like to know your views in this.

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England. concerning barriers protecting bridge supports. We shall look into this issue and aim to provide a response by 22/01/21.

    Can we please ask that you check back on this date for an update.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    Posted by Highways England at 10:20, Monday 11 January 2021

  • Thank you for your patience whilst our Structure team reviewed your report.

    There are standards within the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges which can be used to assess the need for barriers to protect bridge supports. A qualitative assessment of this structure has found that the impact forces can be carried by the super-structure (arch above ground) and as such these structures do not require a barriers to protect the arch members.

    If you require any further information our Customer Contact Centre is available 24 hours a day at: • 0300 123 5000

    • info@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards Highways England

    Posted by Highways England at 15:14, Monday 18 January 2021

  • State changed to: No further action

    Updated by Highways England at 15:14, Monday 18 January 2021

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