Thursday 6 October 2022 10:04 AM Highways England is ordered to remove concrete it poured under bridge trends now
Hundreds of tonnes of concrete poured under a 160-year-old Victorian railway bridge in what campaigners called an 'act of vandalism' must be removed by next October, councillors have decided.
National Highways (NH) prompted an outcry last year by hiring workmen to infill the single-arch structure in Great Musgrave, Cumbria, after claiming it was unstable and could collapse.
The work left an unsightly mess, and although the concrete was later grassed over it obscured the original structure and stopped the path under the bridge from being developed for walkers and cyclists.
Eden District Council refused retrospective planning permission for the work in June and has now served an enforcement notice, with NH saying it would abide by the order.
Railway campaigners have criticised Highways England after it filled in a historic railway bridge with concrete. Pictured: the bridge at Great Musgrave in Cumbria after being infilled by the Government body which has cited safety reasons for the work
Pictured: Great Musgrave bridge in Cumbria pictured