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Flood-damaged bridges to be repaired from next month

Hebden Bridge was one of the worst hit during the Boxing Day floods. Credit: Press Association

Work to repair two bridges damaged in the Boxing day floods will begin next month.

Both Esholt Suspension Bridge and Denton Bridge in Ilkley will be closed from Monday, 8 August as eight weeks of repairs are carried out.

Esholt Suspension Bridge

  • Will be closed to pedestrians for safety reasons.
  • Repairs will include scaffolding of the entire bridge, repainting, replacing of the timber deck and repointing of the existing abutments.
  • Pedestrians will be able to access the canal from Apperley Road along the footpath through Bottom Farm but the bridleway from The Avenue to the bridge will be closed.

Denton Bridge

  • Will be closed to traffic for safety reasons.
  • Work will include scaffolding over the entire bridge, repainting, resurfacing the carriageway and repointing of the existing masonry.
  • Traffic will be diverted over the bridge at New Brook Street and the route will be clearly signed.

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Landslip disrupts train services between Bradford and Ilkley

Ballast was washed away during the downpour Credit: Network Rail

Trains between Bradford Forster Square and Ilkley are not running today after flash flooding caused a landslip on the railway near Baildon.

Heavy rain caused ballast to be washed away not far from Baildon station yesterday afternoon.

Engineers plan to work through the day and overnight to repair the line.

A bus replacement service is in place for passengers between Shipley and Guiseley calling at Baildon until further notice.

Network Rail said passengers travelling to Ilkley from Bradford Forster Square should travel by train to Shipley, where a bus replacement will meet them for onward travel to Guiseley, where they will reconnect with train services.

Passengers travelling to Bradford Forster Square from Ilkley should travel by train to Guiseley where a bus replacement will meet them for onward travel to Shipley, where they will reconnect with train services.

Ilkley Lido opens for the summer

A brave few ventured into the water at Ilkley Lido today, as the outdoor pool, voted one of the top ten open-air pools in the country, opened for the summer.

Ilkley Lido opens for business Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A handful of people took the plunge this morning at the grade two listed pool. The Lido first opened in the 1930's and staff hope thousands will flock to the attraction over the next few months. Mick Wood, Lido manager, said it is a unique venue.

Eight fire engines dealing with Ilkley Moor blaze

Eight fire engines are currently dealing with a blaze on Ilkley Moor.

It's the second fire this month Credit: Janet Garland

It's the second time this month that a fire has happened at the local beauty spot, with West Yorkshire Fire Service warning people in the area to close their windows and doors.

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Investigations continue into major fire on Ilkley Moor

An investigation is underway after a major fire on Ilkley Moor last night.

Fire crews on Ilkley moor Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Around 25 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze which began near the White Wells building just after 10 o'clock. Crews from Otley, Rawdon, Silsden and Keighley were called to deal with the grassland fire and remained on the scene until the early hours to stop it from spreading.

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Ilkley gears up for annual carnival parade

Organisers will be hoping for a touch of good forecast when the annual Carnival parade rolls into town today.

Ilkley Carnival in 2014 Credit: ITV News

More than a thousand people are expected to take part in the parade itself -and many more look set to converge on the West Yorkshire spa town for the iconic event.

Last year, more than £12,000 was raised by fundraisers. This year the hosts are hoping that the Tour de Yorkshire weekend will give visitor numbers a welcome boost.

The theme of this year's parade is Best of British.

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