Kirkby Malham bridge widening improves safety and access

A Yorkshire Dales bridge that is essential for deliveries, including animal feed to farms, is now safer for wide vehicles and local people following the completion of work to widen it.

Kirkby Malham bridge

Improvements to Kirkby Malham bridge by North Yorkshire County Council have made it possible for two wide vehicles to cross at the same time, making the road safer for people coming down the bank who have poor visibility when turning onto the bridge.

This is the only road available to vehicles delivering feed to farms at Kirkby Malham. The widening means these vehicles can deliver to the farms without damaging the bridge or other property.

Linda Hodson, whose home is close to the bridge, said: “The realignment of the junction has improved both access and safety for large vehicles, which has brought a greater peace of mind to those living near the junction.

“Before the improvement and realignment works it was difficult for large vehicles to turn left out of Greengate to cross the bridge. On at least two occasions our drystone garden wall was damaged, with costly repairs being necessary. The bridge parapet has also been caught, causing damage to both the stonework and the vehicles.”

North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive Member for Access, Councillor Don Mackenzie, said: “This work makes the bridge safer for road users, particularly those in wide vehicles, and eases worries for people living nearby. It was an essential improvement and was completed for less that £350,000, well below the budget of £500,000. We appreciate people’s patience during the work.”

A temporary bridge was installed while the work took place.

This story was published 10 April 2019