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Bridge now in place in flood-hit area of Swaledale

Temporary bridge, Swaledale Credit: North Yorkshire County Council

A temporary bridge is now in place a week after flash floods damaged crossings, roads and properties in the Yorkshire Dales.

Last week floods swept through areas of the Yorkshire Dales. Fast-flowing water carrying debris, including large rocks, damaged bridges, roads, farms and other property.

The structure will replace the damaged Cogden Beck crossing on the B6270 which links the upper dale to Richmond. Work has also started at the site of a second bridge, Cogden South Bridge, on the C106 at Grinton Moor, which was swept away by torrential water.

Damage to a bridge in the Swaledale area of North Yorkshire caused by flood water Credit: Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team

A steel pipe will be lowered into the beck upstream from the ruins of the bridge, which will form the basis of a road diversion parallel to the damaged bridge.

Reconstruction of a permanent masonry bridge, similar to the one destroyed, will take place at a later date.

"We’re here on site, just over a week after the floods, to start work on a bypass to the bridge and put in place a temporary structure which is good enough to take all the local traffic, and, later, the UCI Road World Championships. It’s important that we get the village of Grinton and the surrounding area up and running as soon as possible and reconnected with the rest of the dales. We’re working hard to make that happen.”

– North Yorkshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Richard Flinton