Tadcaster Bridge Re-opens And the Town is Re-united

Tadcaster’s community celebrated the opening of the town’s bridge o Friday after a year-long reconstruction following its collapse from flood water during heavy rains just before the New Year in 2016.

The 18th century grade two listed bridge has been reconstructed and widened with £3m from the Government and £1.4m from ourselves.

Earlier this week in Parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May thanked the team “who worked so hard to restore the bridge” and she also joined local MP Nigel Adams in thanking people in Tadcaster “who have had to put up with disruption and inconvenience for such a long time.”

“I am delighted to see the community of Tadcaster reunited as its vital bridge reopens,” said Transport Minister Andrew Jones. “The floods knocked out this crucial link and it was a government priority to restore this important bridge and we provided £3.3 million to achieve this.

“The reopening of the bridge is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work by a lot of people in many different organisations and my thanks go to everyone involved.”

“There is great anticipation in the town,” said County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways.  “Tomorrow will be a great moment in the history of Tadcaster.  Its community has been literally cut in two for a year by the bridge’s collapse and people have been eagerly looking forward to the time when they will be reconnected.  We thank them for the patience and fortitude they have shown throughout the year.

“I am very proud of the enormous effort made by our contractors, Balfour Beatty, and our bridges team to complete a very challenging project of this kind in little more than half the time it would normally take.  Everybody has put their back into this so that Tadcaster can be reconnected and get on with the business of daily life and building its economy.  The bridge has not only been restored with great sensitivity befitting its historic status, but also widened to meet the needs of a modern transport system.”

Our Chairman Barry Dodd CBE, said: “Tadcaster needs to reinvigorate its high street to recover from the bridge collapse. Investing to widen the bridge will increase footfall which is crucial to any successful town centre. We encourage everyone to continue to support Tadcaster by visiting this reconnected community and keeping their tills ringing. These were very challenging times, but through true Yorkshire grit the community came together and we will see stronger times ahead.”