Fresh concerns over heavy vehicles on iconic bridge

Bucks Free Press: Fresh concerns over heavy vehicles on iconic bridge Fresh concerns over heavy vehicles on iconic bridge

A COMMUNITY focus group for Marlow has called on police to explain what further action is being taken over the number of overweight vehicles crossing Marlow Bridge.

Members of the Marlow Community Forum, which is made up of groups and societies across town, have complained that large vans and heavy 4x4s are still disobeying the 3-tonne limit on the iconic structure.

In a letter to Inspector Scott Messenger, who heads up the team at Marlow Police Station, members ask what is being planned to deter the rule breakers.

It states: "Whilst the actual vehicle maybe just within the limit, when it is filled with cargo etc. it becomes considerably over the restriction.

"Concerns have been raised as to problems that could be caused to the structure of the bridge if these vehicles are allowed to continue."

Enforcement operations were carried out by police last year, with £800 in fines handed out for primarily commercial vehicles.

More contentiously however, large family 4x4 vehicles exceeding the limit were asked to turn around.

Earlier this year, Inspector Messenger told the MFP he was committed to protecting the 182-year-old chain bridge, which is perhaps Marlow’s most recognisable and best-loved landmark.

But he did raise the possibility of a discussion over the correct weight limit for the structure, with a higher 3.5-tonne restriction allowing most family cars to cross.

Inspector Messenger has confirmed that enforcement operations are continuing, and the query has been passed to the area’s traffic management officer.

He has also suggested that traffic police representatives attend the next Community Forum meeting to discuss action over enforcing the limit.

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10:43am Sun 4 May 14

Malc London says...

The logical answer is to dismantle it and build a bigger, better bridge.

Stopping lorries is one thing, but stopping family cars tends to suggest that this bridge is dangerous and not fit for the purpose.

It could be re-sited as a pedestrian bridge further down the river.
The logical answer is to dismantle it and build a bigger, better bridge. Stopping lorries is one thing, but stopping family cars tends to suggest that this bridge is dangerous and not fit for the purpose. It could be re-sited as a pedestrian bridge further down the river. Malc London
  • Score: -5

7:36pm Sun 4 May 14

tom.marlow2 says...

Malc London wrote:
The logical answer is to dismantle it and build a bigger, better bridge.

Stopping lorries is one thing, but stopping family cars tends to suggest that this bridge is dangerous and not fit for the purpose.

It could be re-sited as a pedestrian bridge further down the river.
A bigger, better bridge was built some years ago about 1/2 mile down stream
[quote][p][bold]Malc London[/bold] wrote: The logical answer is to dismantle it and build a bigger, better bridge. Stopping lorries is one thing, but stopping family cars tends to suggest that this bridge is dangerous and not fit for the purpose. It could be re-sited as a pedestrian bridge further down the river.[/p][/quote]A bigger, better bridge was built some years ago about 1/2 mile down stream tom.marlow2
  • Score: 13

9:59pm Sun 4 May 14

J B Blackett says...

Shouldn't that be an 'ironic' bridge ? It is actually made of iron after all.
Shouldn't that be an 'ironic' bridge ? It is actually made of iron after all. J B Blackett
  • Score: -2

11:04pm Sun 4 May 14

Malc London says...

Then it's simple. Stop all traffic across the bridge and use the one half a mile away. Problem solved.

I thought this bridge served a purpose but if not, close it and we can sit and admire its beauty.

As a bridge, it really doesn't do the job.
Then it's simple. Stop all traffic across the bridge and use the one half a mile away. Problem solved. I thought this bridge served a purpose but if not, close it and we can sit and admire its beauty. As a bridge, it really doesn't do the job. Malc London
  • Score: 5

11:29pm Sun 4 May 14

kerlmann says...

A 3-tonne family 4x4? Seriously?? Even fully loaded, I really can't see that happening...
A 3-tonne family 4x4? Seriously?? Even fully loaded, I really can't see that happening... kerlmann
  • Score: -5

11:47pm Sun 4 May 14

Malc London says...

No, even a Range Rover with 4passengers and a suitcase will not get over 3tonne, but to a policeman with nothing better to do, it's as near as a lorry.
No, even a Range Rover with 4passengers and a suitcase will not get over 3tonne, but to a policeman with nothing better to do, it's as near as a lorry. Malc London
  • Score: -6

2:57pm Mon 5 May 14

s6blr says...

It is time to get the boffins to build up two giant freaking lasers & zap the miscreants!
It is time to get the boffins to build up two giant freaking lasers & zap the miscreants! s6blr
  • Score: 6

1:03pm Tue 6 May 14

jdough says...

Malc London wrote:
No, even a Range Rover with 4passengers and a suitcase will not get over 3tonne, but to a policeman with nothing better to do, it's as near as a lorry.
2774kg for a 2013 Range Rover.

Must be four very small adults and a tiny suitcase :oP
[quote][p][bold]Malc London[/bold] wrote: No, even a Range Rover with 4passengers and a suitcase will not get over 3tonne, but to a policeman with nothing better to do, it's as near as a lorry.[/p][/quote]2774kg for a 2013 Range Rover. Must be four very small adults and a tiny suitcase :oP jdough
  • Score: 4

5:48pm Tue 6 May 14

jayeatman says...

The suspension bridge is an essential part of Marlow's heritage. As a local transport link it serves a perfectly well. Fortunately plans to replace it with a steel and concrete structure were seen off in the 60's. Anyone who suggested replacing it is either just a troll or is one of those fat, lazy 4x4 or white van drivers who willfully break the law on a daily basis rather than take a short detour via the bypass.
BTW it is a Grade 1 listed structure so demolishing or moving it is an impossibility.
The police are evidently NOT committed to protecting this unique piece of English Heritage. One token exercise last year merely served to highlight the problem and has gone no way towards solving it. Perhaps Malc London will get his way when the thing falls down. Maybe him and his Range Rover will be on it at the time. One can only hope!
The suspension bridge is an essential part of Marlow's heritage. As a local transport link it serves a perfectly well. Fortunately plans to replace it with a steel and concrete structure were seen off in the 60's. Anyone who suggested replacing it is either just a troll or is one of those fat, lazy 4x4 or white van drivers who willfully break the law on a daily basis rather than take a short detour via the bypass. BTW it is a Grade 1 listed structure so demolishing or moving it is an impossibility. The police are evidently NOT committed to protecting this unique piece of English Heritage. One token exercise last year merely served to highlight the problem and has gone no way towards solving it. Perhaps Malc London will get his way when the thing falls down. Maybe him and his Range Rover will be on it at the time. One can only hope! jayeatman
  • Score: -2

8:13pm Tue 6 May 14

Malc London says...

I wish I did own a Range Rover (curb weight 2.1), but I drive a Fiesta.

It's a wonderful bridge and so impressive that Budapest decided to copy it. But let's face facts, it cannot carry traffic, it is not wide enough. A bridge along side will ruin the view of it, but a bigger stronger replica in its place would be there another 150 years, whilst the original can become a tourist attraction.

Let's not wait for it to fall down.
I wish I did own a Range Rover (curb weight 2.1), but I drive a Fiesta. It's a wonderful bridge and so impressive that Budapest decided to copy it. But let's face facts, it cannot carry traffic, it is not wide enough. A bridge along side will ruin the view of it, but a bigger stronger replica in its place would be there another 150 years, whilst the original can become a tourist attraction. Let's not wait for it to fall down. Malc London
  • Score: -2

9:33pm Tue 6 May 14

Moonpanda says...

Build a new bridge somewhere else, near the industrial estate and make the high street a pedestrian only area.

The high street could be a nice place if it weren't for the heavy traffic going through there continuously.
Build a new bridge somewhere else, near the industrial estate and make the high street a pedestrian only area. The high street could be a nice place if it weren't for the heavy traffic going through there continuously. Moonpanda
  • Score: 3

10:48pm Tue 6 May 14

Malc London says...

Moonpanda wrote:
Build a new bridge somewhere else, near the industrial estate and make the high street a pedestrian only area.

The high street could be a nice place if it weren't for the heavy traffic going through there continuously.
It's what I said.
[quote][p][bold]Moonpanda[/bold] wrote: Build a new bridge somewhere else, near the industrial estate and make the high street a pedestrian only area. The high street could be a nice place if it weren't for the heavy traffic going through there continuously.[/p][/quote]It's what I said. Malc London
  • Score: 0

8:30am Wed 7 May 14

jayeatman says...

Malc London wrote:
Moonpanda wrote:
Build a new bridge somewhere else, near the industrial estate and make the high street a pedestrian only area.

The high street could be a nice place if it weren't for the heavy traffic going through there continuously.
It's what I said.
No it isn't. You said replace the existing bridge with a bigger one. That would mean more traffic and more congestion in the High Street.
There's a very good bridge near the industrial estate. It's called the bypass bridge! I'm all for improving access from the bypass to the Industrial estate. Currently its pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]Malc London[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moonpanda[/bold] wrote: Build a new bridge somewhere else, near the industrial estate and make the high street a pedestrian only area. The high street could be a nice place if it weren't for the heavy traffic going through there continuously.[/p][/quote]It's what I said.[/p][/quote]No it isn't. You said replace the existing bridge with a bigger one. That would mean more traffic and more congestion in the High Street. There's a very good bridge near the industrial estate. It's called the bypass bridge! I'm all for improving access from the bypass to the Industrial estate. Currently its pathetic. jayeatman
  • Score: 1

8:17pm Wed 7 May 14

Malc London says...

Malc London wrote:
Then it's simple. Stop all traffic across the bridge and use the one half a mile away. Problem solved.

I thought this bridge served a purpose but if not, close it and we can sit and admire its beauty.

As a bridge, it really doesn't do the job.
Ehem.......
[quote][p][bold]Malc London[/bold] wrote: Then it's simple. Stop all traffic across the bridge and use the one half a mile away. Problem solved. I thought this bridge served a purpose but if not, close it and we can sit and admire its beauty. As a bridge, it really doesn't do the job.[/p][/quote]Ehem....... Malc London
  • Score: 0

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