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General Category => General Cookham Discussions => Topic started by: lizzyk on November 10, 2016, 03:11:56 PM

Title: Marlow Bridge
Post by: lizzyk on November 10, 2016, 03:11:56 PM
I was talking to some friends from Marlow this week and they said that there are plans to not re-open Marlow Bridge. That would be a disaster, particularly for the shopkeepers and Cookham Bridge, I would have thought. They want to have the facility for people to sit out on the bridge.

Title: Re: Marlow Bridge
Post by: Merriman on November 10, 2016, 04:23:24 PM
There was an online poll conducted by Bucks Free Press asking residents if they thought the bridge should be closed permanently and it being closed came out as the winner until they discovered that 10,584 votes all came from one computer. Below is an excerpt from the article with a link to the full article at the bottom

In an online ballot created by the Bucks Free Press, the option to close the bridge permanently came out top with 83 per cent of the vote.

However, 10,584 votes originated from just one computer. Discounting repeat votes, 386 people voted in favour of closing the bridge, while 1097 agreed it should remain open.

Title: Re: Marlow Bridge
Post by: wannabe on November 14, 2016, 11:41:13 AM
I wonder if that was the person on here that answers their own posts?

Title: Re: Marlow Bridge
Post by: RDAphotography on November 14, 2016, 06:06:47 PM
I have a friend who works on the rivers with a local company, they have been at Marlow bridge for the last two weeks to check the structures under the water and are still checking the struts for damage.
He said that there is cracks on the bridge structures above road level so it is going to be a while before the bridge is replaired and reopended.

Title: Re: Marlow Bridge
Post by: Merriman on November 14, 2016, 08:35:27 PM
Hopefully Buckinghamshire council will be able to get necessary works undertaken.

I am personally not sure how much of this damage was actually caused by the truck. Everyone talks about the 37 tonne truck and 3 tonne weight limit. Yet 37 tonnes is the maximum permissible gross vehicle weight for that type of truck. Was it fully loaded, empty or somewhere in between at the time it drove on to the bridge? There are reports about it crashing on to the bridge, yet from ear witness reports there was a loud bang as it entered the bridge, likely caused by the width restriction bollards popping the tyres off their rims, so it is unlikely it raced on to the bridge.

Whilst there is a 3 tonne maximum vehicle weight, how many times have you seen 4 land rovers or similar vehicles on each side of the bridge at the same time?  Well that is over 16 tonnes right there and lifting gear has to have a safety factor of at least 2 times, so that would mean there would need to be a safe operational weight of at least 32 tonnes for the bridge.

Whilst I completely understand the need to check the safety of the bridge I would be surprised if the alleged damage was caused by this single incident.

Title: Re: Marlow Bridge
Post by: Showem on November 16, 2016, 12:16:34 PM
The bridge is set to reopen to cars on November 25th.

Title: Re: Marlow Bridge
Post by: Bagheera on November 23, 2016, 09:36:14 PM
Apparently it is due to open at 10 am on Friday.

There is also a sign on it saying it will be closed on 4 December, though!

Title: Re: Marlow Bridge
Post by: Mac on November 25, 2016, 10:49:11 AM
It'll be closed for a few hours due to the Christmas fun run.

Title: Re: Marlow Bridge
Post by: Ian64 on November 25, 2016, 12:20:30 PM
The bridge is open 😆