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Body found in River Wharfe

Police in Tadcaster say they have recovered a man's body from the River Wharfe.

Credit: Press Association

Officers were called by a member of the public shortly after 8:30 on Sunday morning to Mill Lane, near the river.

Family of the man, who is believed to be a local man in his 30s, have been informed and specially-trained officers are providing support.

Road resurfacing works begin on A64 near Tadcaster

The Highways England will begin works on the A64 around Tadcaster this morning.

The resurfacing was previously postponed due to the severe flooding over Christmas.

During the overnight works, the eastbound exit slip road will be closed and traffic will be diverted via Bilbrough Top to return to Tadcaster on the westbound carriageway.

The works are expected to be completed in one week.

Final preparations made to Tadcaster footbridge

Final preparations are being made to the new Tadcaster footbridge. It will reunite the two sides of the town after the road bridge was seriously damaged by floods.

The bridge is expected to open tomorrow.

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Work begins to repair Tadcaster bridge

Work has started to repair the bridge which collapsed in Tadcaster during the recent floods.

Credit: Ian Haw

The Wharfe Bridge in the middle of Tadcaster was washed away after torrential rain and flooding over the Christmas period.

Today workmen began assessing the damage and a digger was brought in as the repair operation officially got underway.

A temporary replacement footbridge is expected to open next week.

£3.3 million pledged to reconstruct Tadcaster Bridge

The Government has announced £3.3 million of funding for the restoration of the Tadcaster Bridge and the construction of a temporary footbridge to serve the community while work is ongoing.

The damaged bridge over the River Wharfe in Tadcaster Credit: Press Association

The new funding will enable North Yorkshire County Council to make urgent repairs to the 300-year-old listed bridge and structural assessments are already underway.

Working with the local landowner, the plan is for a pre-assembled temporary footbridge to provide residents with easy access to both sides of the river whilst construction is underway on the main bridge. This will supplement the existing foot access across the old railway viaduct which is undergoing urgent improvements to better cope with the increased footfall.

The floods in Yorkshire have been devastating for residents and businesses across the county and we have seen the partial collapse of the Tadcaster bridge split the community in two.

We have made the repair of the bridge a national priority and I am pleased to announce that today we are providing £3.3 million to restore this important route. I am determined to ensure I do everything I can to help and this is an important step in keeping the recovery effort on track in Yorkshire.

– Robert Goodwill MP, Flood Envoy

Police cordons remain in place following bridge collapse in Tadcaster

North Yorkshire Police say that police cordons remain in place this morning following the evacuation of houses and commercial premises in Tadcaster after Tadcaster Bridge collapsed yesterday evening.

Tadcaster Bridge collapses Credit: Press Association

Northern Gas staff will be facilitating controlled checks of all the premises concerned amid fears of a gas leak.

Owners and keyholders of local premises are asked to meet Northern Gas representatives at the locations below from 8am on Wednesday the 30th December.

West of the Bridge:

  • All premises from Nat West Bank (junction of Kirkgate) on Bridge Street back towards the bridge.
  • All premises from the junction of New Street with Bridge Street again back towards the bridge.
  • Those attending please park your vehicles on Kirkgate and approach a member of the Northern Gas staff at the Nat West bank.

East of the Bridge:

  • All the premises from Costcutter back towards the river.On the opposite side of the road from 38 Commercial Street back towards the bridge.
  • Please park in the bus station car park and approach a member of the Northern Gas team.
  • You are asked not to enter any premises without a member of Northern Gas being present.
  • Once your premises have been checked and made safe you will be asked to leave the area.

Around 130 properties were evacuated overnight. Some people spent the night at Tadcaster Grammar School and the Riley Smith community hall.

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