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Canal Bridge, Old Linslade Road

Reported via desktop in the Bridges category anonymously at 17:59, Monday 18 September 2023

Sent to Central Bedfordshire Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 394545.

When driving home from work on 29/08/2023, I approached the Canal Bridge on Old Linslade road, travelling Southbound. Whilst there are signs for a narrowing road to a single file, the bridge is entirely blind and there are no traffic management measures in place. As I slowly pulled off to cross over the bridge when I could no longer see cars crossing from the opposite direction, I had to emergency stop as a car was coming over the apex of the bridge from the south. This car was travelling at what I judge to be approximately the road speed limit of 40 mph. The driver was unable to stop from such speed and collided with my vehicle head on, pushing my car 10-15m down the other side of the bridge narrowly avoiding a collision with the car behind me, writing off my car and resulting in both significant physical and mental injury to myself. Given that the road is single file and entirely blind from both directions, without any traffic lights on either side of the bridge there is no way of preventing similar, or worse accidents from happening in the future. I implore you to consider installing traffic lights on either side of the bridge to make the road safe and to prevent such accidents from occurring in future. In the meantime I encourage other drivers to take increased caution when driving over this bridge.

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