North Yorkshire CC starts work on bridge repairs

North Yorkshire County Council is set to start permanent repairs to bridges which were destroyed during catastrophic flooding in the Yorkshire Dales last year.

Both Cogden North bridge, on the B6270 Richmond to Grinton road, and Cogden South bridge on the C106 near Grinton Moor, will be replaced with permanent bridges.

The night the bridges collapsed, Swaledale saw a month of rain fall in just one night. In the space of hours, land and property was destroyed and bridges washed away. Some residents were left standing with only the clothes they had on their backs.

But despite the adversity, the council and community pulled together to get a semblance of normality back as soon as they could.

The county council acted fast to build temporary roads at both the Cogden South and Cogden North bridges.

The Bridge Inn at Grinton sits down the road from the Cogden North bridge. When the structure collapsed, landlord Andrew Atkin was cut off. If it hadn’t been fixed, footfall to the pub would be depleted and so would his custom.

When the temporary bridge was put in place, Andrew was the first to drive across it.

He said: “The work on the bridge is important to me and to the Dale because without it we were effectively cut off.

“Without a bridge, the economic results would have been catastrophic. So the work starting on the permanent bridge is good.”

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: “When the two Grinton bridges collapsed last July, our bridges and highway teams worked closely with the local community to repair the damaged bridges and get the roads re-opened.

“Now we are ready to begin the construction of new bridges to serve local residents and visitors for decades to come.”