Concern for historic bridge as weight limit unenforced

Councillor Steve Good at Newbridge

Councillor Steve Good at Newbridge

First published in News
Last updated
Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys. Call me on 01865 425403

TRAFFIC cameras to catch lorries flouting weight restrictions on a 14th century bridge have been broken for months.

The loss of the cameras has sparked fears that Grade II-listed Newbridge between Witney and Kingston Bagpuize could be damaged by heavy trucks going over it.

The bridge, which carries the A415 between Witney and Abingdon, has an 18-tonne gross vehicle weight limit, so any vehicle capable of carrying more than 18 tonnes is not allowed to cross.

The cameras record vehicles’ licence plates and then, if that truck is registered as over 18 tonnes, Oxfordshire County Council sends the owner a penalty ticket.

Eynsham Oxfordshire county councillor Charles Mathew said: “It’s true that the cameras are not working at the moment and there have been problems for some time with the operator and the surveying of that camera.

“There is heavy traffic still going across and there are probably 10 or 12 lorries a day over the weight limit.

“This is not a satisfactory situation, and Oxfordshire County Council would be the first to admit that.

“We are, with some urgency now, having been prodded quite strongly, looking for other solutions to the problem.

Related links

“In the meantime, Trading Standards – who have the authority to enforce it – have been visiting very frequently and making representation to the guilty parties.”

Steve Good, a Standlake, Aston and Stanton Harcourt councillor on West Oxfordshire District, has raised concerns.

Speaking at the Aston Parish Council meeting last month, he said there was a “real risk” that the bridge could be lost as a river crossing.

Others bridges are Tadpole Bridge on the Buckland to Bampton Road, and the toll bridge at Eynsham, creating a “significant increase” in Aston traffic, he said.

He told the Oxford Mail: “We are looking at the matter again to protect this very important monument.

“What we want to happen is for Oxfordshire County Council to enforce the existing weight limit.

“The cameras have been out of action since last November.

“It can’t be doing the structure any good.

“If you ask anybody they’ll agree something needs to be done.

“I’m working with colleagues at Oxfordshire County Council to find the best way forward.”

County council spokesman Owen Morton said: “The council has experienced problems with the camera system and is investigating alternative solutions.

“In the meantime, Trading Standards officers are proactively monitoring the bridge and enforcing the weight limit, as well as continuing to act on information provided by members of the public.”

Work to strengthen the bridge is limited because it is a scheduled ancient monument and Grade II listed building.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

Our top stories

One in three children in parts of Oxford are living in poverty, says charity

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

ONE in three children are living in poverty in areas of the city, a charity has found.

UPDATE: Road reopens after car overturns in Heyford Road, Middleton Stoney

Oxford Mail: Ambulance stock image

10:12am Thursday 30th October 2014

A woman has been taken to hospital following a crash in Middleton Stoney.

LONDON WELSH: Piri Weepu plays down injury concerns

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

LONDON Welsh scrum half Piri Weepu yesterday played down concerns about the ankle injury that has left his right foot in a protective boot.

More than 40 Oxford buildings to get free wi-fi

Oxford Mail: Oxford Ice Rink

9:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

ART galleries, civic buildings and even Oxford Ice Rink will soon have free wi-fi thanks to government investment.

London Welsh scrum on down for a bit of action at Oxford's Radcliffe Camera

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

LONDON Welsh rugby players are well known for their big hits on opponents in the Aviva Premiership, but yesterday they were the big hits as they took the Big City Scrum to the streets of Oxford.

Bishop of Oxford's farewell eucharist

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Thursday 30th October 2014

A farewell eucharist will be held today at Christ Church cathedral for the retiring Bishop of Oxford.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree