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Barriers installed at Auchriachan Bridge to prevent traffic crossing weakened section

By Jonathan Clark

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BARRIERS have been installed to prevent drivers crossing a weakened section of a bridge between Tomintoul and Grantown.

Motorists had voiced concerns about the state of Aucriachan (Conglass) Bridge after some of the stonework fell away during heavy rainfall last month.

Auchriachan Bridge.
Auchriachan Bridge.

Moray Council has confirmed that barriers are now in place to prevent the weakened part of the bridge being used.

A council spokesperson said: “Damage was reported to the Auchriachan Bridge following severe rainfall in the area during late September.

"Our engineers have carried out an inspection, and continue to monitor the bridge to assess the severity of the damage and rate of deterioration so we can prioritise the repairs against other urgent works.

"We have installed barriers to prevent traffic crossing the weakened section, but otherwise the bridge remains sound and the road is safe to remain open.

"Meanwhile options for both temporary and permanent repairs are being considered.”

Moray's Conservative MP Douglas Ross got in touch with the council for an update after a local resident contacted him about the situation.

He added: "I was contacted by a resident of Tomintoul, who took photographs of significant damage to the structure of the Conglass Bridge on the A939 road between Tomintoul and Grantown.

"A large section of the stone work has fallen away leaving a lot of the structure exposed.

“Understandably, those using the bridge are concerned as to how safe it is for everyday traffic."

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