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Demolition of 1970s Halifax car park

Many roads in Halifax were closed this morning due to the demolition of the Cow Green Multi-storey Car Park. The moment the building came down was captured by Calderdale Council (@Calderdale).

The concrete car park was built in the early 1970s and closed three years ago on safety grounds when structural inspections showed it to be in a very poor condition.

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,


Hebden Bridge youngsters' sweet tale

A group of children have rallied round to save their favourite shop from going under - after the Boxing Day floods.

Youngster who ran makeshift shop give their takings to help flood victims Credit: ITV Yorkshire

'Something Sweet' has re-opened now after being deluged with water for the second time in four years.

Youngsters from the town ran a makeshift shop of their own when it had to close.

But they decided to give their takings - almost £200 - to a good cause.


Weekend Football Fixtures

Here's a list of today's fixtures:


  • Blackburn Rovers v Hull City
  • Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town
  • Rotherham United v Birmingham City
  • Sheffield Wednesday v Brentford

League One

  • Doncaster Rovers v Sheffield
  • Gillingham v Barnsley
  • Peterborough United v Bradford City
  • Scunthorpe United v Southampton United

League Two

  • Plymouth Argyle v Mansfield
  • York City v Notts County
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