Southport Pier hit by lorry

Southport Pier hit by lorry
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Structural engineers were called to Southport Pier on 7 September after the Grade II-listed landmark was struck by a lorry, which then fled the scene.

 

Visitors were asked to vacate the pier as Merseyside Police closed Marine Drive in both directions, while officers traced the vehicle and its driver.

“We were contacted at just before 1.20pm today, following reports a wagon had been in collision with Southport Pier,” said a spokesperson for Merseyside Police. “The vehicle is believed to have left the area following the incident.”

“The driver has since been traced and is in the process of being spoken to by officers. There are no reports of anyone being injured and structural engineers are en route to establish if any damage has been caused.”

Following the incident, traffic on Marine Drive between the pier and the Esplanade roundabout was diverted over Marine Way Bridge and onto the Promenade while engineers compiled their safety report.

The collision echoes a similar incident in July 2020, when a heavy goods vehicle “purposefully” struck the underside of the pier, forcing operators to close the attraction.

With support from Sefton Tourism, the pier was granted approval to reopen on the same day, however a Pavilion spokesperson urged the driver to consider “the loss he has caused to us as a business.”


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