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Buddleia growing into bridge structure

Reported in the Bridge or culvert defect category anonymously at 15:52, Monday 21 September 2020

Sent to Warwickshire County Council less than a minute later

I recently reported to Network Rail that there is a buddleia on the footpath that appears to be growing into the bridge structure of the road-over-rail bridge on Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon (south of the town station). I know what damage the roots of such bushes can cause to brickwork and structures, in addition to blocking part of the pavement. Some of the stalks over hanging the pavement have been cut back so that people could get passed but the roots are going down into the structure.

Network Rail just got back to me today and said that the bridge does not belong to them and I should contact Warwickshire County Council instead, whose website directed me here.

In case it helps, the closed Network Rail case reference is:

ALCESTER RD A422 MAINT BR LA Overline Bridge, Bridge Ref: HSA/15 - South of Stratford-Upon-Avon Station [Incident: 200911-000357]

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  • A month later and there's been no visible action - the buddleia is still there happily growing away.

    Posted anonymously at 20:29, Wednesday 21 October 2020
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Walked past it on the way into town a couple of days ago and it was just as before. Obviously nobody cares if the bridge gets damaged.

    Posted anonymously at 14:19, Thursday 19 November 2020
    Still open, via questionnaire

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