Demolition creates ‘new Niagra Falls’

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The demolition of an old railway bridge spanning the A610 at Sawmills has created a ‘Niagara Falls’ flooding problem, say local people.

Campaigners pleaded with Derbyshire County Council to preserve a 19th century bridge on the road, however it was brought down by workmen at the end of July.

Now the Bullbridge and Sawmills Area Civic Society say the destruction of the bridge has created a flooding problem resulting in water cascading down on to the main road.

Jon Starr, from Riversdale, Ambergate, said: “The bridge used to channel water from the hillside behind it over the road into culverts and then deposit it in the river.

“Now this is gone we now have our very own Niagara falls with gallons of water being dumped on the road causing the already inadequate drains to fail and turning the road into a 40mph boating lake plus some residents in the area are getting very close to being flooded as the camber on the road after the bend onto riversdale is quite steep and the kerbs very low.

“Obviously someone at Derbyshire County Council highways department has not done their homework.”

As reported by the News, members of the Bullbridge and Sawmills Area Civic Society, fought against the demolition of the 1874 Pye Bridge Line railway bridge.

Members claimed it helped slow traffic down and prevented tall lorries reaching a mainline Network Rail bridge further down the road.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire County Council said: “There was never any drainage running over the bridge.

“We think there may be a blockage in a private drain which runs down the embankment from the track to the River Amber.

“This wasn’t caused by the removal of the bridge but we’ll be investigating the blockage and carrying out any work needed to clear it to prevent flooding on the road in the future.”