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Stranded barges removed for bridge work

Preparing to move stranded barges

Work has started on installing a temporary bridge at the site of the flood damaged Elland bridge, near Halifax.

The bridge, which is addition to the pedestrian crossing point installed last month, is being moved into place using a large crane, which is also being used to lift the stranded canal boats which were displaced during the Boxing Day flooding.

This bridge will carry utilities such as water, gas, electricity cables and telecoms. The work will mean the closure of the junction of Elland Road and Park Road until about 9pm today.

This closure means there will be no access via Park Road from Brighouse on to the A629 Calderdale Way for this period. However, access to Exley and from the Calderdale Way through to Brighouse will be unaffected.

Diversion routes will be in place, and warning signs will be in position on the junctions leading to Park Road.

Elland bridge is in a very bad state, and will unfortunately have to be demolished. As well as previously being an important crossing point, the damaged bridge also carries important utility services. The installation of a separate crossing point to contain these services will ensure they are protected. While the new bridge is being installed, it will be necessary to close the road because of the size of the crane needed. The work will be done as quickly as possible, and the crane will also be used to move the beached canal boats which have become an iconic image of the flooding."

– Calderdale Council Leader, cllr Tim Swift,

New bridge to be installed at Elland

A second new river crossing will be opened today to help replace flood-damaged Elland bridge.

A new footbridge also opened at Elland last month Credit: ITV News

The new footbridge bridge will be in addition to the pedestrian crossing point, installed last month, and will carry utilities such as water, gas, electricity cables and telecoms.

The road bridge over the canal will be demolished and rebuilt after being damaged beyond repair in the Boxing Day floods.

The government has promised to fund the £5m cost of the new road bridge.

Small businesses will drive northern economy says Shadow Chancellor

The Shadow Chancellor has been in Rotherham to see the town's so-called "high street vision" for the future.

John McDonnell joined the town's MP - Sarah Champion - as well as the council leader this afternoon. Mr McDonnell says small, independent businesses will drive the northern economy - and wants to see Rotherham used as an example to town centres right across the country.

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Whistle blowing helpline set up after Rotherham abuse scandal

A whistle-blowing helpline for employees to raise concerns about child protection failures in the workplace will go live on Monday.

The helpline is run by the NSPCC on behalf of the Home Office Credit: Pool image

The helpline, run by the NSPCC on behalf of the Home Office, follows the Rotherham abuse scandal, in which at least 1400 children were sexually exploited amid a series of collective failures by the authorities.

The charity says its a "vital" service which will help children in danger and that any concerns raised will be passed on to relevant authorities to investigate.

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