Erewash MP Maggie Throup has urged The Department for Transport to work closely with Derbyshire County Council in order to help the local authority reopen Longmoor Lane as soon as possible.
Her calls come following news that the road bridge between College Street and Sandringham Road has been deemed unsafe due to significant damaged cause by a van fire.
The bridge will now have to be demolished and replaced.
Speaking in a recent session of Business Questions in the House of Commons, Maggie asked:
“Just two days ago, a vehicle fire severely damaged a road bridge in my constituency between Sandiacre and Long Eaton. This has resulted in the road being closed, and a long diversion through the constituency of the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) on roads that are already congested. Will my right hon. Friend facilitate dialogue between the Department for Transport and Derbyshire County Council to ensure that we have a rapid assessment of this bridge and see what can be done to repair it quickly, so that people can travel freely again through my constituency?”
To which the Leader of the House of Commons, The Rt. Hon. Mel Stride MP replied:
“My hon. Friend’s raising of this very specific matter is entirely indicative of the very assiduous approach she takes to her constituency matters. She is quite right to raise this issue, and I can confirm that I will do whatever I can to assist her in the approaches she is seeking to be made to the Department for Transport.”