The Government has confirmed that it will fund the cost of the new Tadcaster Bridge, expected to be around £3 million. It has also agreed to fund the cost of a temporary footbridge to cross the River Wharfe.
The historic bridge which dated from the eighteenth century had been seriously damaged during the floods over the New Year period and divided the town of Tadcaster in two.
Robert Goodwill, the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, said:
“The floods in Yorkshire have been devastating for residents and businesses across the county and we have seen the partial collapse of the Tadcaster bridge split the community in two.
We have made the repair of the bridge a national priority and I am pleased to announce that today we are providing £3.3 million to restore this important route. I am determined to ensure I do everything I can to help and this is an important step in keeping the recovery effort on track in Yorkshire”.