In February 2016, one of our Safety Audit teams went to the Isle of Man to undertake a Stage 1 Road Safety Audit of a proposed bridge replacement in Laxey which was severely damaged and subsequently demolished during the worst flooding the village had ever seen in December 2015.
The bridge reported to be over 200 years old collapsed during heavy flooding when a double decker school bus passed over it. Fortunately there were no passengers on board and the driver managed to escape without injury.
The bridge has now been demolished and the bus recovered with much of the old stone bridge salvaged to incorporate into the new bridge structure. The through road remains closed to traffic but a temporary footbridge has been provided to keep the local village community together.
The proposed bridge replacement will improve facilities for pedestrians with the addition of an adjacent footway and a seating area overlooking the harbour.
Once the scheme is at detailed design stage TMS will hopefully return to the Isle of Man to continue with the Safety Audit process for the Isle of Man Government.