Leeds City Council has today given the following update on the condition of Linton Bridge which was damaged during the recent floods.
The bridge which carries traffic between Linton and Collingham has been closed since December 27 when flooding of the River Wharfe rendered it unsafe.
The impact of the flooding has seen the road level and parapets sink significantly, leading to concerns the foundations have suffered damage. Engineers have started their examinations of the bridge but this is being hampered by the current instability of the bridge and the continuing high river levels.
As a result of the damage the expectation is that the bridge is likely to remain closed for several months. Leeds City Council is currently exploring all options for arrangements to mitigate for the closure, including the feasibility of providing a temporary bridge and possible pedestrian access.
Since the closure a temporary shuttle bus service has been in operation provided by Harrogate Coach Travel through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The shuttle service will run hourly between Linton (opposite the Windmill Inn) bus stop 14885 and Wetherby bus terminus from Monday to Saturday until further notice. It leaves Linton at 0920 and hourly until 1620, returning from Wetherby at 0940 and hourly until 1640.
School bus arrangements have also been altered as can be seen at http://www.generationm.co.uk/News/TravelDisruptionPage/
Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning Councillor Richard Lewis said:
“Unfortunately from the initial examinations that we have been able to be carry out the damage caused to the bridge means it is likely to be closed for several months. We will know more when further checks can be carried out when the river level drops. We are now examining all options to reduce the impact of the closure, including the feasibility of putting in place a temporary bridge.”
Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee Councillor Keith Wakefield said:
“I am really pleased that West Yorkshire Combined Authority has been able to step in at short notice to arrange a free shuttle bus service while the X99 is diverted.
“This service will help those residents who would have been left isolated due to the closure of Linton Bridge because of the damage caused by the floods.”
All residents or businesses directly affected by the effects of Storm Eva can find details of financial support and other guidance at www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Council-support-for-flood-hit-homes-and-businesses.aspx, by calling 0113 222 4444 or emailing email@example.com
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