It will be a number of weeks before Ludford Bridge is reopened. It was struck by a reversing HGV, the driver of which had driven up Lower Broad Street unaware of that he would not get through the Broadgate. This might have been a Satnav error. But regardless of why the driver was attempting the impossible, the driver should not have been crossing the bridge in the first place. He was delivering tarmac to a supermarket the other side of the town centre.
The deck of Ludford Bridge is strong enough to take HGVs. But it is a scheduled ancient monument with ancient stonework.
Consideration has been given to closing the bridge to HGVs before. But the money was not available for road signs. Closure would also divert long, heavy vehicles to other streets in the town. If we could find the money, should Ludford Bridge be closed to HGVs (buses and access excepted)?