Damaged flood bridge to get £5m rebuild

Damaged flood bridge to get £5m rebuild

A damaged bridge that has been shut to motorists and pedestrians since the flooding over Christmas is to be fixed with more than £5 million worth of Government funding, it has been announced.

The Government's Yorkshire flood envoy, Robert Goodwill, says £5 million has been earmarked to repair the bridge at Elland in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

Another £500,000, meanwhile, has been set aside to provide a temporary footbridge over the River Calder while the repairs to the Grade II-listed Elland Bridge are being carried out.

Scarborough MP Mr Goodwill says with good transport links being vital to the region and its economy, the Government is committed to helping Yorkshire's communities get back on their feet in the wake of the recent flooding.

Earlier this month the Government promised to allocate some £3.3 million for repairs to a 300-year-old bridge at Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, which partially collapsed into the River Wharfe on December 29.

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