Bridge now in place in flood-hit area of Swaledale

A temporary bridge is now in place a week after flash floods damaged crossings, roads and properties in the Yorkshire Dales.

The temporary bridge in place on the B6270 near Reeth

The bridge was transported up to the remote spot in Swaledale on the back of a low-loader truck yesterday (Wednesday, August 7) before being lowered into place. The structure will replace the damaged Cogden Beck crossing on the B6270 which links the upper dale to Richmond. 

Work is also underway to repair a landslip further along the road so it can reopen to two-way traffic as soon as possible. The target date for this is August 16, when the B6270 will be reopened under traffic management. 

Over Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31, floods swept through areas of the Yorkshire Dales. Fast-flowing water carrying debris, including large rocks, damaged bridges, roads, farms and other property. 

Work has also started at the site of a second bridge, Cogden South Bridge, on the C106 at Grinton Moor, which was swept away by torrential water. 

A steel pipe will be lowered into the beck on Monday upstream from the ruins of the bridge, which will form the basis of a road diversion parallel to the damaged bridge. The short diversion around the broken crossing will reconnect the C106 until the damaged stone structure is repaired. North Yorkshire County Council hopes to reopen the C106 to traffic by the end of August.

Reconstruction of a permanent masonry bridge, similar to the one destroyed, will take place at a later date.

The roads leading to the bridge sites are very narrow and form vital road links for local residents and contractors involved in flood reconstruction, as well as holidaymakers who are supporting local businesses. 

People are reminded to take care and be courteous on the roads affected, which are very narrow in places. They are also asked to be mindful of the urgency of the work which is taking place and the need to ensure safety of the public and workforce in the area. 

Please do not move road barriers or enter the clearly marked sites as the machine drivers may not see people when working. Please take photographs from outside the site limits when you are safe to do so.

Speaking from the bridge site at Grinton Moor, North Yorkshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Richard Flinton, said: “We’re here on site, just over a week after the floods, to start work on a bypass to the bridge and put in place a temporary structure which is good enough to take all the local traffic, and, later, the UCI Road World Championships. 

“It’s important that we get the village of Grinton and the surrounding area up and running as soon as possible and reconnected with the rest of the dales. We’re working hard to make that happen.”

This story was published 8 August 2019