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Identifying overweight vehicles to protect ancient bridge

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Swarkestone Bridge is an ancient monument just under a mile long and has 17 arches (six of which have been unaltered since medieval times). It has a weight limit of 7.5 tonnes, but vehicles frequently exceed this. A lorry driver was fined in 2016 after he ignored 8 warning signs before driving a 44 tonne lorry across the bridge.

A study by The RAC Foundation found that more than 3,000 bridges in the UK are not fit to support the heaviest lorries which can weigh up to 44 tonnes.


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