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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Planners' Folly

The friend I spent Christmas Day with lives a 30-mile drive away, and to get there part of my journey is along the M25 London Orbital motorway. This bridge runs across it at a place called
Polhill. For generations Polhill was a place of beauty, where families would go in spring to pick bluebells. Then the developers decided in their wisdom to reduce it to a cutting on the motorway.

The story is that, when planning the motorway and its crossings, exits and entries, thsoe responsible looked at a map, and at this site saw a line. "Aha!" they said, "There's a road. We must build a bridge across the motorway to accommodate it." And so they built this award-winning scissor arch bridge.

Sadly, the line on the map was just...a line on a map! A multi-million pound line. No one checked it on the ground. If you google bridges on the M25, you find that the Kent Sub Unit of South East Road Construction Unit takes responsibility for the design of what is described as a "pedestrian bridge, the Polhill Bridleway". I have never Seen anything on the bridge, nor have I tried to find the way on to it, but if there is a way, it's certainly well hidden. Well, at that price, I suppose they can afford to hide their mistake.

5 comments:

JoJo said...

So you mean there is no road for which the bridge was built?

Nantz said...

Val, found this...

http://www.geolocation.ws/v/W/4d918878878656685b014258/bridleway-junction-near-polhill-seen/en

val said...

Great find, Nantz! The pub has been closed for some time - no more tourists to a non-beauty spot! Long ago I would have parked in that car park, and probably walked down one of those paths to see what was left of the woods and bluebells, but never noticed the signs, never linked the paths to the road. Never saw a horse that needed the bridle path. I wonder how much that bridge cost per horse that ever crossed it?

Diane said...

British Government departments (of any colour) are just fabulous at wasting money.....

vikeau said...

What's the song--"We're on the road to no where...."

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