Work to ensure the safety and structure of Haddlesey Bridge on the A19 at Chapel Haddlesey, south-west of Selby, is scheduled to begin on 1 October.
The council will replace the 24 bearings that enable the bridge to expand and contract, as these have come to the end of their useful life. To do this, the road surface and ballast walls will need to be removed.
The work is expected to take 12 weeks, finishing on 21 December 2018. During this time the road will be closed for the safety of road users and the workforce. For heavy goods vehicles, there will be a signed diversion via junctions 34 to 36 of the M62 and up to the A63 via Camblesforth.
During the closure, local bus services 405 X45 between Selby and Doncaster and service 476 between Selby and Pontefract will operate alternative routes and times. As a result, Chapel Haddlesey and Burn will not be served by these services. Details of the amended timetables are available on the Arriva website, www.arrivabus.co.uk/yorkshire
Service 626 / 026S Chapel Haddlesey to Brayton High School and Selby High School will extend to Selby Bus Station for passengers attending Selby College. A number of services connect the bus station and the college.
Chapel Haddlesey and Burn will be served by a dial-a-ride service, 405C, operating at set times from Monday to Saturday to link with Hut Green for connections to the Arriva service to Doncaster and with Selby. There will be a peak journey in each direction and two journeys off-peak. The service must be booked the day before travel by phoning Oz Travel on 07720 882889 before 8pm.
Service 405C can be booked from Selby College at 4.40pm for students returning home to Burn and Chapel Haddlesey. Full details of service 405C will be available here. Arrangements are being finalised for students on school buses who are entitled to free home to school transport. They will be advised of any changes.
Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: “This essential work is part of our ongoing programme to maintain the safety of our bridges for the benefit of all road users. We appreciate there will be some disruption, but this will be kept to a minimum and we hope to make available a taxi service to help with some journeys.”
Councillor John McCartney, member for Osgoldcross division, said: “I have been hugely impressed with the way that both the passenger transport team and the home to school transport team at County Hall have worked to ensure that every community directly impacted upon by the closure will continue to be part of the public transport network during the closure. And that every student will be able to get to and from school or college while this vital work is done to ensure that Haddlesey Bridge remains safe for the benefit of local residents as well as other road users.”