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Bridge safety work finished in time for Tour de Yorkshire

Bridge safety work finished in time for Tour de Yorkshire

Published at 10:50am 20th April 2016. (Updated at 10:58am 20th April 2016)

Work to improve safety on part of the Tour de Yorkshire route has been completed ahead of schedule.

North Yorkshire County Council has installed a permanent safety fence on one side of Dibble's Bridge, which is on the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Hebden.

Extra warning signs and a temporary barrier were installed at the accident black spot last year.

Two cyclists have died there in recent years and it was also the scene of one of Britain's worst road accidents in 1975 when a coach crashed, killing 32 passengers.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Highways, said: "Safety on the roads is always a priority for the council and we believe these measures will improve safety at this location.

"As planned, the work has been completed in good time for the Tour de Yorkshire, which will be a spectacular event for the area.

"We know the whole of the Yorkshire Dales are popular with cyclists and provide an exhilarating and challenging location, but we urge everyone planning a cycle trip to make sure they and their bicycle are fully prepared, to make sure they have studied the route and to treat these challenging roads with respect and caution, especially on long descents that can be more demanding than people may expect."