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Clever Victorians knew how to make buildings last

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I understand from a report in the Shropshire Star that a local group wants the footbridge from Telford Central railway station to Telford Centre to be named as a permanent memorial to the “Cinderloo” incident at Dawley.

The new bridge over the A442 in Telford

Do they not realise that the new footbridge will not be a permanent fixture – in around 30 years time the local council will waste more money replacing it in another “redevelopment”.

Also, is the footbridge not at the location of the incident? Both T&WC and WHT seem fond of knocking things down and rebuilding them at a greater cost instead of refurbishing the original.

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This is money which should be spent on more important problems – such as homeless people, support for people struggling to survive, improving health issues, youth clubs, day centres, filling in pot holes in the road, litter picking, etc.

Also, am I not the only person who thinks that the new footbridge is not that good looking?

It looks more like a whale swimming across the EP than a footbridge. There was nothing wrong with the old bridge that a good refurbishment could not have cured and that would have saved several million pounds and a good deal of disruption.

The Victorians built bridges that have lasted around 150 years or more and are every bit as good now as when built.

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What is wrong with modern building techniques – they appear not to be fit for purpose!

Richard Camp, Wellington

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