LCC bridge update 23rd June 2016

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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:

http://www.wymetro.com/travelnews/busalerts/Linton_Bridge/
http://www.generationm.co.uk/News/TravelDisruptionPage/

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:

http://news.leeds.gov.uk/senior-councillors-set-to-approve-repair-planfor-flood-damaged-linton-bridge/

Thank you in anticipation of your patience.

Leeds City Council 0113 222 4407.

(If you want to be on a contact list for further updates by email, please contact
lintonbridge@leeds.gov.uk)

Linton / Collingham Bridge – Update 18/2/2016

Linton Bridge has been closed to pedestrians and vehicles since 27 December 2015 due to flood damage. It is expected to remain closed for several months.

One of the piers (bridge supports) in the river has settled, causing the arches to crack the carriageway and parapets to settle.

Leeds City Council is working with BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald Joint Venture Ltd (BMM JV Ltd) to investigate the flood damage, protect the structure from further damage, and design the repairs.

Work will commence next week (22nd February) to undertake some repair work to the foundation of the south pier. This will start with construction of a haul road in the field adjacent to the bridge to facilitate access to the river. A platform will then be constructed in the river to permit the use of construction plant in the river. The repairs will include stabilisation of the pier and temporary scour protection to prevent further damage by flood water.

In order to construct the temporary road through the field, all plant and materials will be delivered via Linton Road. The Lady Hastings C of E school is at the west end of this road so all deliveries will be made outside of school arrival and leaving times. We will brief all delivery drivers of the school and request they restrict their speed to 20mph along Linton Road.

This work will be undertaken with the approval of the Environment Agency, with due regard to flood risk. Extra construction plant will be on site so that the river platform can be removed quickly if necessary.

This is the first phase of our stabilisation work and further works, including permanent repairs, are under development.

We will provide further updates when we have an outline way forward for permanently repairing the bridge, expected to be mid-March.

We are continuing work on the feasibility of providing a temporary footbridge.

We understand that the closure is causing inconvenience to road users and pedestrians, and we are exploring all options for arrangements to mitigate for the closure.

Users of public transport may find information at the following websites helpful:

• http://www.wymetro.com/travelnews/busalerts/Linton_Bridge/

• http://www.generationm.co.uk/News/TravelDisruptionPage/

Thank you in anticipation of your patience.

Leeds City Council 0113 222 4407.

(If you want to be on a contact list for further updates by email, please contact lintonbridge@leeds.gov.uk)

A copy of this note (as released by Leeds City Council) may be viewed here.

Linton / Collingham Bridge – Update 29/01/2016

Linton Bridge has been closed to pedestrians and vehicles since 27 December 2015 due to flood damage. It is expected to remain closed for several months.

One of the piers (bridge supports) in the river has settled, causing the arches to crack the carriageway and parapets to settle.

Leeds City Council is working with BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald Joint Venture Ltd (BMM JV Ltd) to investigate the flood damage, protect the structure from further damage, and design the repairs.

A number of surveys are planned or have been completed at the time of writing, including an underwater survey of the foundations of the bridge, and improved monitoring of the settlement of the bridge to help us assess its ongoing stability.

Work to improve the signing of the diversion route is in progress. This will include more robust signing, with information boards on the site, and improved signs to assist businesses.

We understand that the closure is causing inconvenience to road users and pedestrians, and we are exploring all options for arrangements to mitigate for the closure.

Users of public transport may find information at the following websites helpful:

  • http://www.wymetro.com/travelnews/busalerts/Linton_Bridge/
  • http://www.generationm.co.uk/News/TravelDisruptionPage/

We will provide further updates when we have completed the initial investigation work and we have an outline way forward for repairing the bridge, expected to be mid-March.

Thank you in anticipation of your patience.

Leeds City Council 0113 222 4407.

(If you want to be on a contact list for further updates by email, please contact  lintonbridge@leeds.gov.uk)

A copy of this note (as released by Leeds City Council) may be viewed here.

Linton / Collingham Bridge (BBC Look North Report) – Update 22/01/2016

Linton Bridge – Look North report 20/01/16

You may already be aware that Look North reported the reopening of Linton Bridge in their evening broadcast on Wednesday 20/01/16.

The programme showed footage of Linton Bridge, but the report was corrected later in the bulletin; the report was about a bridge at Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire.

The original report is at about 14mins 40 secs, and the correction is at about 23mins 17secs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06wdkfb/look-north-yorkshire-20012016

For avoidance of doubt, the position remains as per our last update.

Bridges Manager

Engineering Services

Leeds City Council

Linton / Collingham Bridge – Update 14/01/2016

The following has been received from the Bridges Manager (Engineering Services Leeds City Council).

Linton Bridge has been closed to pedestrians and vehicles since 27 December 2015 due to flood damage.

One of the piers in the river has settled, causing the arches to crack the carriageway and parapets to settle.

Leeds City Council is working with BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald Joint Venture Ltd (BMM JV Ltd) to investigate the flood damage, protect the structure from further damage, and design the repairs.

A number of things will be happening on site in the next few days:

  • On Friday this week, a drone survey will be undertaken. This will enable a safe examination of the defects (above the water) more closely.
  • This will be followed by a survey to accurately scan the current shape of the arches and the road to help us model the bridge and design the repairs.
  • Equipment to monitor the settlement of the bridge remotely will be installed to help us assess the ongoing stability of the arch.
  • A bathymetric survey will be undertaken remotely to establish the current profile of the river bed in the vicinity of the bridge.

None of these surveys will affect the areas to which the public currently has access. These surveys will be undertaken by colleagues from BMM JV Ltd and their subcontractors, working on behalf of Leeds City Council.

  • Work to improve the signing of the diversion route is in progress. This will include more robust signing, with information boards on the site, and improved signs to assist businesses.
  • Barriers, in the form of cubic bags of planings/gravel, have been placed at each end of the closed section, just outside our locked barriers, to more effectively preclude vehicles from the bridge.
  • Whilst it is not an area to which the public normally has access, we will be erecting fencing underneath the north (Linton end) arch with signing to warn people not to enter the area under the bridge. We will also fence the area adjacent to the bridge, off the riverside path on the south (Collingham end) river bank.

The bridge is expected to remain closed for several months.

We understand that the closure is causing inconvenience to road users and pedestrians, and we are exploring all options for arrangements to mitigate for the closure.

Users of public transport may find information at the following websites helpful:

http://www.wymetro.com/travelnews/busalerts/Linton_Bridge/

http://www.generationm.co.uk/News/TravelDisruptionPage/

Bridge closure – TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC AND SUSPENSION OF WEIGHT LIMIT ORDERS

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(2)
ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL (LINTON ROAD (PART) COLLINGHAM, LEEDS)
(TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC AND SUSPENSION OF WEIGHT LIMIT ORDERS) ORDER 2016

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that because of the likelihood of danger arising to the public on or near the under mentioned highway (bridge stability) Leeds City Council intends in not less than 7 days’ time to make an Order the effect of which will be that no person shall cause or permit any vehicle to travel along Linton Road, Collingham Leeds at the bridge.
It will also be necessary to temporarily suspend the existing 18 Tonne Weight Limit Order on Wetherby Road, Collingham Leeds between its junction with Boston Spa roundabout to Wattlesyke and the 7.5 Tonnes Weight Limit Order on Market Place/Westgate, Wetherby between High Street and Linton Road.
Diversionary routes for vehicles affected by the closure will be available via Harewood Road; Main Street; Wetherby Road; Boston Road; Market Place; Westgate; Linton Road and Linton Lane and vice versa.
The Order is intended to come into operation on Friday 15 January 2016 and will remain in force for a period of 18 months.
All communications with regard to this Notice should be addressed to City Services, Selectapost 6, Ring Road, Middleton Leeds LS10 4AX, for the attention of Mr K Harkis Ref: TC 8277 or site contact Mr D Aspinall Tel: (0113 2243871).
Dated this 8 day of January 2016
Leeds City Council
Civic Hall
LEEDS
LS1 1UR

A copy of the formal notice can be downloaded from here.

Linton / Collingham bridge – Update 07/01/16

GAS SUPPLY TO LINTON VILLAGE – 6th JANUARY 2016

As a result of the Linton Bridge closure, NorthernGas network isolated the gas main running across the bridge over the Christmas period. Both gas pressure and all services have been maintained during this time.

Northern Gas network operations team met today with Parish Councillors Richard Bolton and Angela Martin at Linton bridge to discuss what will happen in both the short and long term, and to enable residents to be kept up to date with events.

In the short term two temporary pressure regulators have been installed.  It was agreed that these will remain in their current location on the footpath on the Linton side of the bridge and will have covers fitted in the next few days. The area will be made good with tarmac.  This ensures that a continuous supply of gas will be maintained to all our properties.

We jointly recognise that a long term solution should avoid  gas running across our bridge as there has been a problem with leaks for many years and the operations team are looking at long term options. It is likely that a site will need to be found in the village to house a permanent gas regulator and this issue will be a matter for ongoing discussion.

Communications received:

Emails from Alec Shelbrooke MP and Cllr Matthew Robinson.

Linton / Collingham bridge – Update 31/12/15

Many of you will have seen the news on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday morning. The subsidence of the bridge deck was clearly visible. It will be some time before pedestrian or vehicle access is possible and one of our LCC Ward Councillors indicated that we may not see the bridge repaired in 2016.

In the mean time utility companies are working to ensure continuity of supplies.  It is understood that gas engineers have been checking the pressure in the village. This is following their work to turn off the gas main at the bridge end of the route from Wetherby through the village. Some of you will remember a problem a few years ago with the gas supply when the pipe failed at the bridge. At the time this resulted in a loss of gas in the village until the bridge end of the main could be repaired. Hopefully this pre-emptive action will avoid a repetition of this problem. The electricity engineers are also working, they have made some network changes so that they can minimise disruption to customer supplies if the cable crossing the bridge fails.

A shuttle bus service has been arranged to operate between Linton (opposite the Windmill Inn) bus stop 14885 and Wetherby bus terminus to provide a service whilst the X99 is diverted.

The service will be operated by Harrogate Coach Travel and will operate Monday to Saturday leaving Linton at 0920 and then hourly until 1620 returning from Wetherby at 0940 and then hourly until 1640.

All stops will be observed and the service will be free to use. The service will commence operation on Saturday 2nd January and will continue until further notice. Passenger notices will be posted early next week.