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Station Footbridge Repair

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

The Petition of Residents of Watchet and others,

Declares that the footbridge at Watchet station is closed at present, because it is unsafe to use; declares that the closure is seriously inconvenient to residents and could endanger safety; further declares that there is a risk that the footbridge at Watchet station will be lost permanently, because insufficient funds are available for its safe repair and maintenance.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to take steps to assist and encourage the West Somerset district council to repair the footbridge as soon as possible.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr. Ian Liddell-Grainger, Official Report, 24 February 2010; Vol. 506, c. 418 .]

[P000742]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Transport:

West Somerset district council has responsibility for this bridge and closed it following a safety inspection in October 2009.

I understand that the council has sought a suitable contractor to carry out repairs on the bridge to make it safe for public use. It sent out details of the work to seven potential contractors and received back only one bid which was beyond the budget available. Council officials have recently met with the bidder to seek to explore options to resolve the matter and expect to report back to the council in the next two months.