Council officials say they have contacted highways about Scammonden Bridge.

But Highways England, who own and manage the bridge, will not say if there will be a safety review after Monday’s tragic incident where a man fell to his death.

Examiner readers asked us to explore whether there were plans to improve the safety of the bridge in light of a number of incidents of people falling from it.

In 2015, after a man was talked off the bridge by police, Highways England told us they “... will be reviewing the safety measures currently in place on the bridge to ascertain what can be done to avoid similar incidents in the future.”

This week we asked what that review had found, but Highways England said due to the latest investigation they could not comment.

A spokesperson for Highways England said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends affected by the incident on Monday 28 August.

“An investigation is ongoing to establish the cause and as such it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.”

Signs for the Samaritans aimed at people in distress at Scammonden Bridge

A Kirklees Council spokesperson added: “Our thoughts are with the family of the gentleman involved in the tragic event on Monday. Officers from Kirklees Council have been in touch with colleagues at Highways England, who own and manage Scammonden Bridge, to see if there is any assistance we can give them in trying to prevent events like this happening again.

Monday’s tragedy will be investigated by a Coroner, who can advise if changes should be made.

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Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at

Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.

PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.

Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesn’t have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information. The website is here

Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.

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