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« Reply #30 on: November 04, 2022, 11:21:01 am »

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National Highways scrutinised over four more historic bridge infills

National Highways is under pressure over four more controversial bridge infills which were carried out to historic structures before the infamous Great Musgrave fallout.

Campaigners claim that National Highways failed to obtain relevant planning consents for work on four historic bridges which were infilled using emergency powers between January 2019 and May 2021. National Highways disputes the claims and believes it does have the necessary consents for the infillings.

The HRE Group – an alliance of engineers, sustainable transport advocates and greenway developers – claims that the infillings have “questionable legal status” and is urging the four respective local authorities to assess whether National Highways should be ordered to reverse the work.

If the councils do issue enforcement orders for the infills to be removed, costs are likely to run into the millions.

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