Replacing Bridge to Unlock Economic Growth
WORK to replace a flood-blighted bridge – which will bring huge benefits to a North Yorkshire industrial estate – has begun.
Hundreds of jobs are being safeguarded and potentially many more created following the realignment of the road and construction of a new bridge at Dalton Industrial Estate near Thirsk. Being located on our area’s A1/A19 growth corridor, it is strategically very important for our area’s economic growth.
The £4.1 million Dalton Bridge project is the result of a partnership between businesses on Dalton Industrial Estate, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, North Yorkshire County Council, Hambleton District Council and the Environment Agency.
It will see huge benefits to businesses, which have had to deal with access problems caused by recurring flooding that has seen the current bridge over Cod Beck closed for long periods. They have raised £1.4m towards the scheme by creating a BID (Business Improvement District) in which each of the 28 businesses on the estate pays an extra levy on their business rates to put towards work on the estate. In addition, the Local Enterprise Partnership provided £1.8m following a bid for Local Growth funding from the government, and the Environment Agency contributed £364,000.
The work will include not only a new bridge but realignment of the road, ground stabilisation, embankment construction, drainage, culvert installation on Thacker Beck, flood banks and highway drainage and surfacing. The new road is expected to open in March next year, with all works complete three months later.
Hambleton District Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson, said he was delighted to see the work under way. “This scheme has been long-awaited and will make a massive difference to people working on the estate and living in Dalton. We hope that it will see the economy of this important industrial estate grow, bringing more businesses to Hambleton and opportunities for local people.”
BID representative Roy Fishwick added: “The new bridge will help to open the way for growth on the industrial estate where past floods have led to problems for business traffic as well as severe disruption for neighbouring villages. It will make a huge difference to everyone.”
David A Kerfoot, Deputy Chair of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, said: “Unlocking economic growth through vital infrastructure projects like this is at the heart of our work at the Local Enterprise Partnership. This is a brilliant example of businesses coming together with ourselves and our partners to solve what has been a long-standing problem. Not only will this new bridge help safeguard hundreds of jobs, because businesses will have a more secure future on the site, there is the potential for many new jobs to be created and millions of pounds in new investment.”
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “A strong economy is a top priority for the County Council, and this is an example of partnership working in practice for the good of the economy. The investment will safeguard jobs and support growth.”
The Coffey Group was awarded the construction contract by the County Council through its civil engineering contractors framework.
Disruption during construction work will be kept to a minimum. Traffic management will be used when necessary, but the existing bridge will remain open until the project is complete to minimise any impact on local businesses and the travelling public.