Ludford Bridge update – repair work delayed – bridge may be closed for May bank holiday weekend

There is an air of excitement around Ludlow. The May Fair rolls in on Wednesday night. It is the highlight of the year for many people in the town. The arrival of the fair means the town centre will be closed from Thursday to Monday – High Street, the Market area and the top of Mill Street.

But there is bad news from the crew repairing Ludford Bridge. Work will not be finished before next weekend as planned. That could mean the bridge is closed over one of the busiest weekends in Ludlow’s calendar.

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Repair of Ludford Bridge remains on schedule for end April reopening

I’ve had another update from Mouchel, Shropshire Council’s consulting engineers. All being well, the bridge is set to reopen on 29 April. I’m still hoping a day or so can be shaved off this timetable. This would mean that the bridge is open for the Mayfair, which begins on 28 April.

To date, there have been eight working days for the stonemasons. One day, 11 April, was lost due to heavy rain. The stonemasons are laying around one course each day and six courses have been laid. Quoins are being dressed on site to marry into the existing stonework.

If the weather remains good, the coursed masonry should be finished by the end of this week – 15 April. The scaffold will be left in place until the pointing can be “pressed” back.

Next week, work will begin on reinstating the parapet.

The repair work is on course to finish as originally planned on 29 April.

Repairs to Ludford Bridge are going well – update 8 April 2016

Work on the repairs of the bridge has been going well. Good weather has helped but there have been a few problems. This briefing is based on notes provided by Shropshire Council’s engineers Mouchel.

The stonework is being laid in lime mortar. Fortunately, the weather has been warm enough to allow this to set.

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Should HGVs be banned from Ludford Bridge – you say ‘yes’ but will a ban work?

There is certainly a head of steam building up for HGVs to be banned from Ludford Bridge. Ludford parish council wants an HGV ban. And 91% of the 200 people who voted in my online poll support a ban on HGVs.[1]

I am naturally inclined to support a ban to protect this Grade I listed bridge. But we need to examine the impact of any restriction on local businesses, buses and traffic elsewhere in the town before making a decision. I have asked for a special meeting of the In and Out of Ludlow forum to discuss the issue.

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