Theft at bridge on new road

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STEEL railings worth £75,000 have been stolen from the controversial bridge on the new Spalding to Peterborough road.

The safety barriers were stolen from the new £3 million Car Dyke Bridge on nights between October 21 and 23, just days before the £80 million new A16 finally opened in full on October 18.

The barriers were installed to make it easier for engineers to inspect the bridge during maintenance checks and Peterborough City Council, which maintains that stretch of the road, has said it will not replace the barriers in case they are stolen again.

A council spokesman said: “The guard rail was there to allow engineers to carry out inspections and maintenance of the bridge.

“There is a sheer drop the other side, hence why it was necessary.

“In future engineers will wear safety harnesses when carrying out inspections or maintenance work or they will use machinery to access the bridge safely.”

The theft is the latest setback for the new road – which has been dogged by delays and controversy, including problems with speeding and dangerous overtaking on the northern section between Spalding and Crowland.

In last week’s Spalding Guardian we revealed how one motorist was left so terrified by her latest near miss that she will now boycott the road and take a longer route via Market Deeping to get to Peterborough instead.