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Funding to bridge the gap

Funding to bridge the gap

Published at 12:15pm 10th January 2016. (Updated at 12:26pm 10th January 2016)

The Government has set aside £3.3 million for the restoration of Tadcaster Bridge and a temporary footbridge over the River Wharfe.

It will allow North Yorkshire County Council to make urgent repairs to the 300-year-old listed bridge which partially collapsed last month.

Structural assessments are already under way, despite challenging conditions at the site.

Plans have been drawn up for a pre-assembled temporary footbridge to provide easy access to both sides of the river whilst work is carried out on the main bridge.

It will supplement the existing foot access across the old railway viaduct which is undergoing improvements to cope with the increased footfall.

Robert Goodwill, Ministerial Flood Recovery Envoy for Yorkshire, said: "The floods in Yorkshire have been devastating for residents and businesses across the county and we have seen the partial collapse of the Tadcaster Bridge split the community in two.

"We have made the repair of the bridge a national priority and I am pleased to announce that today we are providing £3.3 million to restore this important route.

"I am determined to ensure I do everything I can to help and this is an important step in keeping the recovery effort on track in Yorkshire."

County Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, added: "We are very pleased that the Government are providing their support and that we have this early confirmation that the Government will fund the cost of the work to reconnect the local community.

"We want to get life in Tadcaster back to normal as quickly as possible."

The funding is in addition to a £40 million pledge made by David Cameron to repair and improve flood defences in Yorkshire following Storm Eva.