National Highways loses battle of Musgrave Bridge

Look what they did to Great Musgrave Bridge [all photos ©The HRE Group]

Peep what they did to Broad Musgrave Bridge [all photos ©The HRE Group]

Closing year National Highways triggered an outcry when it infilled Broad Musgrave Bridge with 1,600 tonnes of structural hang and foamed concrete at a value of £124,000.

The bridge is an 8.45-metre single span, sandstone masonry arch bridge constructed in 1862 to raise the B6259 over the mature Eden Valley Railway.

The action wrecked hopes of linking the Eden Valley and Stainmore railways to make an 11-mile tourist line between Appleby and Kirkby Stephen.

It later emerged, through campaigning by the HRE Neighborhood, that the bridge used to be not at chance of give map and National Highways must mute hang applied to the council for permission for the works.

A retrospective planning utility used to be turned down by Eden Council the day gone by (16th June) and the concrete infill must be excavated and eradicated.

This can also merely now hang to employ £431,000 to rob away the concrete.

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National Highways’ head of the Historical Railways Property programme, Hélène Rossiter, acknowledged: “We respect Eden District Council’s decision relating to our planning utility to maintain the works at Broad Musgrave, and is perchance not appealing. We hang got listened to the feedback on this divulge and earlier this year amended our processes to develop particular elephantine planning permission is sought sooner than accomplishing work like this in the long run.

“Our unusual job of managing the property, which has elephantine stakeholder engagement, technique we can review every constructing against a vary of standards, not entirely for repurposing but additionally for heritage or ecological payment. We can additionally not think the infilling of any structures as section of our future plans, unless there is basically no alternative.”

Richard Bowker, mature chairman and chief executive of the Strategic Rail Authority, acknowledged: “I’ve by no technique been astronomical on ‘and now heads must roll’ but on this event, at the least, the CEO of National Highways must formally apologise as well to scrap this protection of unwarranted vandalism.”

How the bridge looked before the work
How the bridge looked sooner than the work

Graham Bickerstaffe of the HRE Neighborhood acknowledged: “They [National Highways] acknowledged that ‘if we are allowed to retain the infill, we can employ the £400,000-plus on legacy rail assets in other locations in the Eden Valley to attend the EVR [Eden Valey Railway] delivery their line to Appleby’, which implies to me that here’s an organisation that also doesn’t value the accountability that incorporates spending taxpayers’ money – our money.

“There are mute inquiries to reply to; about tradition, about how they survey the price of infrastructure. Nonetheless currently sounds like a line has been drawn and let’s hope that from the wreckage of all this emerges a larger future for assets which hang heritage payment, ecological payment and sustainable transport payment. These are assets that we would possibly perchance presumably like to develop the entirely use of as we emerge true into a brand unusual period in the 2020s.”

The bridge today. [This image was supplied by National Highways
The bridge currently. [This image used to be supplied by National Highways

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