Barnoldswick canal bridge to be repaired soon

The damaged bridge which takes Greenberfield Lane across the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Greenberfield Locks, Barnoldswick.
The damaged bridge which takes Greenberfield Lane across the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Greenberfield Locks, Barnoldswick.

A damaged bridge at a Barnoldswick beauty spot is to be repaired “in the near future”.

Bridge number 157 which takes Greenberfield Lane over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Greenberfield Locks was damaged on Friday, November 14th when a Vauxhall Astra struck it and was left hanging over the waterway below.

Coping stones and a large section of the bridge wall were knocked into the canal and on to the towpath below. The hole in the wall has been temporarily fenced off.

Police believe the foggy conditions and mud on Greenberfield Lane at the time were contributing factors to the incident while the Canal and Rivers trust have not put a figure on the cost of the damage to the historic bridge.

Senior engineer at the Canal and River Trust, Neil D’Arcy, said: “Due to a quick response from the police and our Canal and River Trust on-call team, we have insurance details for a Vauxhall Astra which is believed to be responsible for the damage.

“Part of the bridge parapet was knocked from the bridge onto the towpath and canal below. This will be repaired by the Trust’s contractor Kier in the near future.”