Repairs to begin on flood-hit bridge

Work to repair the flood damaged bridge in Shade will begin next week

Work to repair the flood damaged bridge in Shade will begin next week

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Work to rebuild a historic stone bridge destroyed by the summer floods in the upper Calder Valley will start in the next few weeks.

The 18th century bridge, near Shade Chapel in Todmorden, collapsed after torrential rain transformed Walsden Water into a raging torrent on July 29.

Environment Agency contractors will rebuild the bridge as part of a programme of repairs expected to be mostly completed by Christmas.

Temporary traffic lights will have to be installed to enable the work to go-ahead.

Mark Tupman, Environment Agency project manager, said: “The work at Shade will ensure that the level of flood protection provided by the Todmorden Flood Alleviation Scheme further downstream is maintained.”

The Environment Agency and Calderdale Council have awarded a contract to Skipton-based engineering consultants Jeremy Benn Associates to develop a range of schemes to reduce the risk of flooding across the Calder Valley.