As many of you are aware, there have been a number of tragic incidents over the years at the bridge where desperate people have taken their own lives. The community, for a very long time, have rightly been demanding that safety measures be put in place.
Since becoming an MP I have raised this issue with Highways England on a number of occasions, obtaining a commitment from the then CEO that such measures would be put in place. Sadly these works have been delayed on a number of occasions due to what Highways England have described as “technical difficulties”.
The good news is that the parapet has been ordered, but due to other difficulties, the works will not take place until late October. I have therefore been pushing for a temporary measure to be put in place.
I am now told a temporary barrier will be in position by early September – but I continue to press Highways England until this happens, as we have had too many false dawns. I was initially concerned to hear that the bridge will have to close whilst the temporary barrier is being installed. However, having made contact with Highways England, I have been assured the temporary works will take place overnight and will be completed within one shift.