The UK government has launched a review of the country’s infrastructure, after a series of deadly falls and crashes in the past decade.
The government’s review will include new standards for the construction of bridges and a focus on the safety of people and the environment.
In a statement, Transport Secretary Lord Bridges said: “As we look forward to the completion of this review, we want to make sure that we take all our responsibilities seriously and that we are working in a way that is in the best interests of the UK.”
The government is investing more than £200m a year on bridge safety and will work with the industry to make the UK’s infrastructure as safe as possible.
“We want to ensure that all bridges and bridges in the country are as safe and accessible as possible.”
The government has previously promised to reduce deaths on bridges by up to 40 per cent by 2020, as well as to reduce the number of people falling from bridges.
However, it has been criticised for not putting more money into the sector.
In 2016, a new review found that the UK was falling behind other major nations in its commitment to building bridges.
According to the latest statistics, the UK recorded 1,972 bridge fatalities in 2016.
The country’s total bridge death toll was up slightly to 1,611 in 2017, with 2,854 deaths in 2018.
The UK’s bridges are often built with a low-grade concrete, rather than the highest grade available, which is more prone to corrosion.
In 2017, the Ministry of Defence and the government agreed to pay the Government for a 50 per cent stake in the firm that operates the bridges, the Bridge Bridge Group.
The company has now sold its stake to a company called UK Bridge Holdings.UK Bridge Holdings owns a number of UK bridge companies, including British Bridge Constructors.
It also owns a major building project in England, the bridge at Dorking.