Speed limit warning on Devon bridge after issues detected

Brixton Road Station Bridge near Elburton
-Credit: (Image: DCC)


Motorists are being reminded to make sure they stick to a new speed limit that has been imposed when driving on a bridge in Devon after structural issues were detected. Earlier this year, a routine structural assessment indicated that the bridge at Brixton Road Station Bridge near Elburton is not currently able to take the weight of two HGVs at once.

A new road layout and speed restriction has been in place since April 3. Devon County Council (DCC) is now urging drivers to stick to the speed limit and has assured that although recent changes are only temporary, they will remain in place until at least next spring.

As part of temporary safety measures, the road layout has been narrowed and the speed limit has been reduced from 40mph to 30mph. Work is currently underway to design a permanent strengthening or replacement scheme.

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Temporary safety measures are being introduced at Brixton Road Station Bridge near Elburton in order to protect the structure.

A routine structural assessment has indicated that the bridge, (which carries the A379), is not currently able to take the weight of two HGVs at once.
Temporary safety measures are being introduced at Brixton Road Station Bridge near Elburton in order to protect the structure. A routine structural assessment has indicated that the bridge, (which carries the A379), is not currently able to take the weight of two HGVs at once. -Credit:Devon County Council

A DCC spokesperson said: "These new restrictions are successfully preventing HGVs from crossing the bridge at the same time and reducing weight on the structure. However, motorists are being reminded to keep their speed down to avoid the introduction of additional measures such as traffic lights."