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Last minute touches before Tadcaster bridge re-opens

Almost ready for business

The last stone has been laid ..... and the tarmac is almost in place in readiness for the Tadcaster bridge opening ceremony at 2pm.

Large crowds are expected and motorists are asked not to approach the bridge until at least 3pm to clear it of pedestrians.

Last stone is put in place

The bridge was closed on Christmas Day 2015 due to fears about its stability during heavy rains and flooding.

It collapsed four days later, on December 29 2015 because its central piers were undermined by the ferocity of the river flow due to the flooding. Over 650 tonnes of water every second was hitting the bridge during peak flow.

Bridge collapsed on December 29th Credit: PA

Over the past 13 months, as many as 45 workers have been on site in a single day - working a total number of around 60,000 hours between them.

Over 1000 tonnes of stone have been quarried to provide 686 tonnes of cut stone – 1342 stones cut to an individual shape and size;

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Theresa May thanked the team “who worked so hard to restore the bridge” and she also joined local MP Nigel Adams in thanking people in Tadcaster “who have had to put up with disruption and inconvenience for such a long time.”

Resurfacing almost done

Children from all three of Tadcaster’s primary schools: Riverside; Tadcaster East and St Joseph’s will be among the first people to cross the new structure.

The first vehicle to cross the bridge will be a bus full of members of the town's community, before it officially re-opens to traffic.

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