Video: £3m to replace Tadcaster bridge the floods swept away

Council bosses estimate it will cost £3m to rebuild Tadcaster bridge after it partially collapsed last week following flooding.

North Yorkshire County Council said yesterday it is hoping the reconstruction of the historic bridge can be carried out within 12 months, circumstances permitting. It said it would be seeking financial support from the Government.

The authority said it is investigating all options to create pedestrian access over the River Wharfe at Tadcaster after the partial collapse of the road bridge last week.

Meetings were held yesterday where it was agreed the possibility of the military building a temporary road bridge was not an option.

PLANNED resurfacing work on the A64 has been postponed following the collapse of the bridge.

Highways England chiefs say work on the A64 will not go ahead until the company is satisfied it will not adversely affect the local community following the closure of Tadcaster bridge on the A659.

The collapsed bridge in Tadcaster. Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross

The collapsed bridge in Tadcaster. Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross

Highways England service delivery team leader Roger Wantling, said: “We understand the difficulties faced by people who need to use the A64.

“The work planned on the A64 between Bramham and Tadcaster Ings needs to be carried out to provide better journeys for drivers and it is important that road users are given advance notice of any planned work – but as more people will be using the A64 due to the closure of Tadcaster bridge it will of course not be carried out until we have discussed it with the local councils and ascertained that it will not adversely affect the local community.

“We obviously understand the concerns that have been raised so far and we will be discussing this further before we proceed with the work.”

The resurfacing is part of a package of work planned for a 50-mile section of the A64 during 2016.

“As soon as a decision has been made we will inform residents, businesses and road users.”

Roger Wantling of the Highways Agency