Council assessing damage to bridge at Gunnislake

Damage at Newbridge (Pic – Cornwall Fire Service)

Posted on: 2 April 2019

Devon County Council engineers are assessing damage to Newbridge near Gunnislake after a collision earlier today (Tuesday 2 April).

The historic structure, which dates from 1520, is currently closed after being struck by a car. Emergency services, County Council staff and contractors are on site to make the area safe.

Inspections are already underway and loose coping stones from the damaged section will be taken down this evening.

The bridge will remain closed, with inspections set to continue tomorrow. Scaffolding is then expected to be erected to enable repairs to start as soon as possible.

Kevin Dentith, Devon County Council’s Chief Engineer for bridges and structures, said: “We’re aware just how critical this route is on the Devon and Cornwall border, which is why we’ve ensured teams are on site as quickly as possible to start assessing the extent of the damage. We’ll have a better idea tomorrow how long repairs will take and how long the bridge will need to be closed. Public safety is our priority and while we will ensure that this historic structure is repaired sensitively we will also endeavour to re-open the bridge as quickly as possible.”

Although the road is currently closed, pedestrians are expected to have access from tomorrow.

1 comment on “Council assessing damage to bridge at Gunnislake

  1. Sonia says:

    Because of the diversion and inconvenience to myself and many others and of course the petrol too. I feel maybe now that the bridge should have traffic lights like the bridge between the Launceston road and Milton abbot . It seems to work there and to stop the accidents happening maybe that’s a thought ???!!!! As it has put a lot people out re travelling and the elderly getting buses into Tavistock. And other businesses in general.

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