Cast iron bollards smashed by buses in Cambridge will cost £10,000 to replace
Cast iron bollards smashed up by buses in Cambridge will be replaced to protect a college – but it will cost £10,000.
The long row of bollards erected to protect the ancient walls of Cambridge University’s Emmanuel College have been broken and battered at Drummer Street bus station.
About half of the black metal barriers have been knocked down over the course of several years.
It is believed that bus drivers have repeatedly crashed into them as they drive into the station.
Now cash-strapped Cambridgeshire County Council chiefs are planning to replace them.
A council spokesman said: “The bollards are not on the highway or in a pedestrian area but were put up many years ago to protect the wall of Emmanuel College from being accidently damaged by buses.
“The bollards were a joint project by the county and Cambridge City Council as well as the college.
“Due to the restrictions and requirements imposed by the city council at the time, the bollards had to be cast iron, which can break easily and cannot be simply welded back. Although they have been broken for some years and have not caused any problems, we are looking at replacing them at a cost of around £10,000.”
The bollard replacement scheme comes after it emerged that more rising bollards could be appearing in Cambridge amid new proposals to further extend the pedestrianisation of the city centre.
Transport and infrastructure chiefs are investigating proposals to extend the rising bollards further out from the city centre, as the News reported. Currently the city centre bollards are in Bridge Street, St John’s Street, King’s Parade, Silver Street and Emmanuel Street.
Cambridge Cycling Campaign has suggested bollards extending out to East Road, Northampton Street, Grange Road and Maid’s Causeway.