Update on Port Vale railway bridge works - Bengeo
Published 1st July 2022
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Port Vale railway bridge
We first received reports from residents expressing concerns on Monday, 27 June.

Our planning enforcement team acted swiftly, visiting the site three times during the week to ascertain the facts and liaise with the owners and other interested parties. 

There are several known risks on the site, chiefly cracking walls affected by pressure from soil banks and tree roots. Some of the boundary walls are in poor condition and there is also evidence of cracking in the bridge abutments. The owner is aware that within a conservation area, trees are protected.  

Bollards at the front of the site were removed for machine access. The police and Hertfordshire Highways visited earlier in the week and were satisfied that the bollards would be reinstated once works complete.

All work has stopped, machinery has been removed and the bollards reinstated. We’ve recommended the owner undertakes a full site survey and reiterated the legal requirement to seek planning permission should the works require it.

To report further concerns to us, please use our online form. This will go straight to the team for action.