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.
Final preparations being made for the new Tadcaster walk bridge which opens tomorrow & rejoins the town after floods https://t.co/ay80juYYGR
The new Tadcaster walk bridge crosses just 100 yards down river of the collapsed one taking minutes to get to town https://t.co/NmM8j1u2nE
Work has started to repair the bridge which collapsed in Tadcaster during the recent floods.
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.
Work has begun in Tadcaster to provide pedestrian across the River Wharfe after the 300-year-old road bridge collapsed in December.Read the full story ›
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 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.
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.
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.
The police are urging people in North Yorkshire to keep safe and to be patient during the flood recovering operation throughout North Yorkshire.
The recovery phase of the operation is now getting underway and river levels in York, Selby, Cawood and Tadcaster are slowly receding following severe flooding since Boxing Day.
But residents and visitors have been warned about further disruption by flood water towards the weekend if heavy rain arrives tomorrow as forecasted.
Police are asking people to strictly abide by closure signs on roads and bridges until engineers have ensured they are structurally safe.
Motorists are also warned against driving through flood water which could be extremely dangerous and potentially damage nearby homes.
Everyone involved in the flood response operation have shown incredible professionalism and commitment to keeping people safe, as well as providing reassuring support to our communities under extreme circumstances. Despite the difficulties we are facing, I can assure people we are collectively working hard to overcome these issues and we will do everything in our power for a return to normality as soon as possible.
The A64 is closed in both directions and there is queueing traffic between Paradise Lane and A659 due to a vehicle fire. This is affecting traffic from the A1(M) J44 towards York.
York Road (A64) in North Yorkshire is closed in both directions this afternoon after a serious accident involving a car and motorcycle.
Investigators are at the scene at J44 of the A1(M) Bramham and Stockheld Lane.
The crash took place outside the Fox and Grapes pub near Potterton and is affecting traffic travelling between Leeds and Tadcaster.
Police say the investigation work may take several hours and motorists are urged to find alternative routes.