Structural engineers from across the UK were being rushed to Cumbria this week as the local highways authority battled to inspect 1,800 bridges following extreme floods.
Network Rail, the Highways Agency and the Royal Engineers have been assisting with inspections and an additional 65 engineers were expected to arrive in the area as NCE went to press.
“Capita Symonds is organising bridge checks and has redeployed some staff [from around the country],” said Cumbria County Council highways network manager John Robinson. Capita Symonds has been working on Cumbrian highways for the last 10 years.
“Preliminary checks assess which bridges are affected and which ones aren’t,” said Robinson.
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