Whorlton Bridge to close to all users
WHORLTON Bridge is to close to all users at 6am tomorrow (Saturday).
The grade II-listed bridge, built in 1831, was closed to vehicles in August last year after an inspection found serious damage to its structure.
However, cyclists and pedestrians were still able to cross it.
County officers say a more recent survey has found additional damage which means it must be closed to all users.
Alan Patrickson, Durham County Council’s corporate director for neighbourhoods and climate change, said: “As Whorlton Bridge is a Grade II-listed structure and a Scheduled Monument, we will now work very closely with conservation teams and seek permission and support from Historic England and the Environment Agency before progressing with any works.
“Further testing plans and proposals will be developed and approval of these will be sought from Historic England in early 2021.
“Given the nature and the historical importance of the bridge, careful consideration is going to have to be taken as to the scope of works required.
“It will also take careful planning and consultation with appropriate specialists whilst we look to secure the future of the bridge.
“The diversion route currently in place will remain the same throughout the closure.”
More information in next week’s paper.