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A busy St Andrews bridge may have been damaged by leaking water and the recent cold snap.

Local residents are worried that water has been leaking through the bridge, on St Mary Street, and the current thaw may cause further damage.

Last year the historic bridge - over which the A917 road passes from the town towards Crail and Anstruther - had to be closed while Scottish Water carried out repairs after a water main burst and cracks began to appear on the surface of the structure.

Now residents have warned that water has been leaking through the bridge since the repairs were carried out - and the recent snow and ice may exacerbate the problems.

Graham Taylor, who lives nearby, contacted the Citizen this week to express concern that it could need further repairs in order to make the bridge safe for the high volume of traffic crossing on a daily basis.

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He added: “They did carry out some work on it last year after the water main burst and the top surface of the road was coming up.

“Piping was replaced but, ever since then, it has been leaking and I fear for what damage has been done.

“For 10 months now water has been leaking through the bridge and my neighbour described it as like rain, constantly falling underneath it.

“The thaw is on just now and you can’t help but worry when you see heavy vehicles going over it.”

Another local resident, who declined to be identified, said he had been contacting Scottish Water and Fife Council for months over the condition of the bridge.

“There was never a problem until the repairs were carried out last winter,” he said.

“As soon as the thaw commenced, the road surface started coming up and it turned out the water main had burst.

‘‘They had to close the bridge for repairs but, ever since then, there has been a constant dripping of water.

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“I heard it all through the summer but now you can actually see it with the icicles that have formed. I don’t know what is going to happen with the thaw this year but it is worrying.

”The council have been really helpful but there’s not much they can do - it’s for Scottish Water to deal with.”

No one from Scottish Water was available to comment when contacted by the Citizen prior to going to press yesterday (Thursday).

However, earlier this week they claimed to be deploying all their resources to dealing with the effects of the extreme weather across the country.

Peter Farrer, customer service delivery director with the utility company, said: “We have drafted in extra resources into our contact centre and in the field.

‘‘However, more than 19,000 calls have been received since Christmas Eve and this has impacted on our normally high levels of service.”