22nd Oct, 2019

Boaters in Stratford warned over rotting pipe under bridge

Editorial Correspondent 29th Aug, 2019 Updated: 29th Aug, 2019

BOATERS in Stratford are being warned to take care over fears of a rotting pipe spanning Clopton Bridge.

The Avon Navigation Trust is concerned bits from a decaying cast iron pipe, running along the underside of the footpath, could fall on those near or passing under the bridge.

The old gas main houses a number of cables and fibre optics.

Trust CEO Clive Matthews said one part of the pipe had dropped, although in an area beyond the arches, and in others there were holes.

He added: “We are working together with BT Open Reach to come up with a solution and hope that repairs will be completed in around three to four months. We are looking at a solution to limit that risk until BT Open Reach can make it safe. If the problem persists there will be note for local notice boards.”

Boaters are advised to navigate with care, keep all unnecessary crew inside the cabin and lookout for any loose piping.

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