Engineers called in as swing bridge fails

Whitby swing bridge stuck in the open position''w140103b
Whitby swing bridge stuck in the open position''w140103b

The swing bridge in Whitby is currently stuck in the open position, making it impassable for vehicles and pedestrians.

Specialist engineers are on their way to fix the Whitby swing bridge which has locked in the open position for boats passing through, due to a fault in the hydraulic system.

A shuttle bus is operating currently until the bridge is operational again.

The bridge locked after the jacks came down while the bridge was swinging open for river traffic. The jacks normally come down to hold the bridge in place for road traffic and so the bridge automatically locked as soon as the fault was detected.

The bridge, which was built in 1909, was upgraded earlier this year. The upgrade, which included replacement of timber fenders and timber “dolphins” to protect the east and west piers of the bridge in the river, new navigation lights and re-painting of the entire bridge, entailed waterproofing of electric cabling and the raising of electrical junction boxes onto the underside of the bridge above the waterline to prevent breakdown of the bridge mechanisms. The bridge’s computerised technology was also updated in order for faults to be tracked and located precisely in order to prevent failure and speed up repairs.

This work meant that the bridge remained operational during the recent flooding in Whitby and it is hoped that the present mechanical problem can be resolved swiftly.