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Council chiefs were left red-faced after a car smashed into a bridge just days after workmen had completed long-delayed repair work from a previous accident.

Last month engineers finally got around to fixing the stone bridge on Rowms Lane, Swinton - believed to be a full seven years since it was damaged in a road traffic collision.

But their work was in vain as a car hit in exactly the same spot just days after they had finished the long overdue repairs.

Frank Knapton MBE claims he told the council to install hazard warnings but his pleas went ignored.

The 77-year-old, of Morton Road, Mexborough, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw it had been damaged again.”

Workmen had taken off temporary plastic railings and put in new steel ones along with improved brickwork at the end of November.

But this was damaged again on November 30 when a black Ford Focus crashed into it. Police said the driver, a 39-year-old Tameside man, was not seriously injured in the collision.

Mr Knapton added that if the council had put hazard signs up the accident may not have happened.

He told the Times: “The road goes narrow on the walkway under the bridge which keeps getting hit. I said to put a warning sign there, but none were up.

“I said it’s only a matter of time before it gets damaged again. “

Rotherham Council has now vowed to undertake a second phase of repair work, this time with additional markers warning drivers about the narrowing road.

Allan Lewis, the council’s principal street lighting engineer, said: “Repairs were carried out to the damaged handrail and the brick fascia at the location last week after the damage was brought to the attention of the council.

“The installation of verge marker posts adjacent to the carriageway on the approach to the bridge had been programmed following these repairs, however a collision occurred, again damaging the wall, before the posts could be installed. Further repair works have now been programmed and these works, along with the installation of the marker posts will take place within the next week or so.”

 

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