When Bridges Collapse: The Genoa Disaster, BBC 2, 9pm, BBC iPlayer, directed by Martin Gorst

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Forty-three people died, scores more were injured and 600 people lost their home when the  Polcevera Bridge in Genoa collapsed on 14th August 2018. One survivor described how the road disappeared before him and it was like being in a cartoon.  It was Italy’s worst ever road-bridge disaster. A design fault that allowed water to pool and steel cables to fray was blamed, but more worrying was a trend in Europe to cut back on inspection teams and privatise services.  Local Authority Inspection teams that highlighted the faults in the Hammersmith Bridge, and in Britain generally, also face austerity measures and cuts in public spending. Could there be a bridge collapse here? Watch this space.

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