Elland Bridge to get £5m rebuild

Elland Bridge.
Elland Bridge.

Elland Bridge will be rebuilt to the tune of £5m, it has been announced.

Ministerial Flood Recovery Envoy for Yorkshire Robert Goodwill today said that up to £5.5m in repair funds and that a temporary foot bridge nearby will be constructed after the historic crossing was damaged in the recent floods.

The cash boost follows structural assessments by specialist engineers at the site.

Around £500,000 for a temporary footbridge has also been set aside. A new footbridge is being installed this weekend.

Mr Goodwill said:“We are determined to help the hardworking families and businesses of Yorkshire get back on their feet as soon as possible after these devastating floods. A good local transport system is the lifeblood of the region, and key to a thriving economy.

“I am pleased to announce that we are providing a further £5.5 million to restore this important crossing and construct the temporary footbridge.

“This is an important step in keeping the recovery effort on track in Yorkshire and illustrates how the government is standing shoulder to shoulder with the hard working Elland community as they recover from the floods.”

The government and Calderdale Council have worked together on the plans for Elland Bridge.

Leader of Calderdale Council, Councillor Tim Swift said:“The Boxing Day floods have had a devastating impact on homes and businesses across Calderdale. I welcome this announcement as it allows us to replace the damaged bridge at Elland given its strategic importance to the local community, for local businesses and for tourism.

“We are continuing discussions with government about further assistance they can provide to enable Calderdale to recover following this event.”

The government has invested nearly £200m in recovery from Storm Eva and Storm Desmond, with £50m to repair and improve flood defences since Storm Eva, the Department of Transport said.

Money pledged to Cumbria, Lancashire and Northumberland after Storm Desmond earlier in the month included £60m for communities and local authorities; and £1m in matched funding for charities.

Pledges so far in response to Storm Eva are at least £50mfor communities and local authorities; £40mfor flood defences; and £2m in matched funding for charity flood appeals for affected areas.

The government is now working closely with other affected authorities as they determine the level of damage caused following Eva and Storm Frank.

The Elland Bridge funding is in addition to £3.3m provided by the government to repair Tadcaster Bridge in North Yorkshire and build a temporary footbridge, also announced by Robert Goodwill last week.