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Linton Bridge has been closed to pedestrians and vehicles since 27 December 2015 due to flood damage. The south pier (bridge support in the river) has settled, causing the arches to crack and the carriageway and parapets to settle.
Plans have now been approved to spend up to £4.5million on repairing the bridge. The next stage will involve supporting the structure which will enable the repair works to be safely carried out. Fabrication work will start off site in early July and the preparations for installing this system will start on site towards the end of July.
We expect to complete the installation by the end of October. Work can then safely start on the permanent repair which we expect to be fully completed by summer 2017. We understand that the closure of the bridge is causing a significant impact on the local communities and businesses, and as such the feasibility of providing a temporary footbridge has been considered at length.
Local public consultation has resulted in mixed views on the provision of the footbridge. After considering these views together with the environmental impact and the costs and logistical challenges the council has now decided against providing one. Instead of the footbridge, the free shuttle bus service which has been operating between Linton and Wetherby since early January has been enhanced. Provided by West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), the service runs hourly between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday.
Since the end of May the service has been extended to travel directly from Linton to Collingham along the diversionary route and remains free of charge. Updated timetables and bus information can be seen at the following links:
Proposals to extend the operating hours longer into the evening and to include Sunday are now being considered. A press release was issued on 14 June with more details about the
project. This can be found at:
Thank you in anticipation of your patience.
Leeds City Council 0113 222 4407.
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