‘Improvements’ to bridge between Earls Barton and Great Doddington causing near-misses

Hardwater Road bridge
Hardwater Road bridge

Motorists using a recently repaired bridge in Northamptonshire are concerned that new barriers obscure oncoming traffic.

The curved and humped bridge over the Nene forms part of Hardwater Road near Great Doddington and recently underwent extensive renovation.

As a result, new roadside barriers are blocking the view of the drivers who are expected to give way when they come from the direction of Earls Barton.

Motorist Trevor Holman said: “The ludicrous design and safety features mean it’s virtually impossible to see if any vehicles are coming.

“I’ve seen lots of near-misses - two of them involving my own car on Saturday.

“It’s very, very dangerous.”

It is understood that the bridge, which straddles the island that hosts The Old Watermill bed and breakfast, was closed to allow strengthening works.

But extra fencing means those approaching the bridge hump from the direction of Earls Barton - even though they are supposed to give way - can no longer see round the corner to spot oncoming vehicles.

Northamptonshire County Council, which is the highways authority, has been asked for a comment.