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Drivers on bridge are breaking law, claim.

LORRY drivers are flouting the law and sparking road safety fears by using a Victorian bridge on Tyneside. A former heavy goods vehicle driver has raised concerns about the weight of lorries using the Station Road bridge in and out of Hebburn town centre, in South Tyneside.

Although the structure has a maximum gross weight (MGW) limit of 17 tons, lorries weighing more than 44 tons are regularly using the bridge, which is more than 110 years old.

The gross tonnage limit on the bridge was lowered several years ago, after council engineers expressed concerns about potential damage to the structure.

Coun John McCabe, vice-chairman of Hebburn community area forum, said: "We are aware of issues with the bridge, which is more than 100 years old. The gross tonnage allowed on the bridge was reduced several years ago, after concerns were raised following a council engineering survey.

"But some lorry drivers still appear to be breaking the law by using the bridge. They are flouting the law and I would like to see them penalised."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 28, 2013
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