29 August 2016


In the next week, CBRD will be celebrating its 15th birthday, with a special new article to mark the occasion and some other fun things happening on the Twitter feed.

That was supposed to be the next update — but sometimes things get in the way. This weekend a footbridge spanning the M20 near Maidstone collapsed. Nobody was killed and there were remarkably few injuries, but the pictures of the incident look incredibly alarming.

This week, CBRD provides some analysis in a new article, M20 Bridge Collapse, that examines how the bridge fell so easily, whether it's a problem for other bridges on the motorway network and — most intriguingly of all — how the other half remains hanging in mid-air and is apparently safe. We don't normally get involved in current affairs like this, but it's something I'm hoping to do more of in the future. Please let me know what you think!

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