M32 footbridges could be made safer after closures
SAFETY measures could now be introduced on footbridges crossing the M32.
The Highways Agency, which is responsible for the bridges, said measures could be brought in if incidents such as the ones which caused traffic chaos in the city on Tuesday and Wednesday happened repeatedly.
The pledge came after Post readers called for action to be taken to prevent individuals causing delays for thousands of motorists by threatening to jump from the bridges.
A spokeswoman for the Highways Agency said action could be taken if a "pattern emerges".
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She said: "Safety is our top priority. While these incidents are always of concern they are unusual.
"We will monitor the situation and if a pattern emerges where these incidents are causing regular disruption we would look to investigate if a cost-effective solution could be implemented."
The M32 was closed to traffic following both incidents last week.
In the first, Shane Heyman, 31, caused major traffic disruption on Tuesday as he stood on the wrong side of the barrier of a bridge over the carriageway at the St Paul's junction at 1pm.
Police closed the M32 in both directions and several other roads to deal with Heyman. Negotiators spoke to him and shortly before 4pm he was brought to safety.
Heyman, of Victoria Parade, Redfield, pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance when he appeared before court on Thursday.
Mitigating, David Fanson said that Heyman had mental health problems and had suffered from schizophrenia.
The court heard that he had stopped taking his medication, affecting his mood, and he had felt suicidal after his wife had asked him to leave.