Work starts on Elland's temporary pedestrian bridge

Construction at the new Elland pedestrian bridge today Credit: Lisa Adlam

Construction of a temporary footbridge to serve the Elland community is taking place this weekend.

The new bridge is being installed at the site of the flood damaged bridge, to allow pedestrians to cross. The 30m long bridge will provide an important link for local people between Park Road and Elland Bridge Road. It will be 1.5m wide and accessible for people with buggies, wheelchairs and bikes.

The bridge will be lit at night and is being installed by the Canal & River Trust's contractor, Kier. A further crossing is also being installed to carry important services over the canal.

The junction of Elland Road and Park Road is closed today from 5am to 9pm for the work to take place.

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 are in place, and warning signs in position on the junctions leading to Park Road. The footbridge should be open by the end of next week.

Following the flooding the Canal & River Trust installed an interim crossing at Elland Lock.

The Government has today announced £5.5 million of funding for the restoration of the Elland Bridge and a temporary footbridge.

Work on the new pedestrian crossing at Elland Credit: Lisa Adlam