WORK is underway on major repairs to historic Broughton Bridge, off the A59, near Skipton.

North Yorkshire County Council’s bridges team began repairs of the structure’s retaining walls on Monday. The work is expected to take around eight months.

Airedale division councillor, Patrick Mulligan, said: “The bridge and its retaining walls require urgent repairs to ensure it is fit for future traffic demands.

“The essential work will include the dismantling and rebuilding of the retaining walls, buttresses and parapets using the existing stone. The steel braces inserted into the bridge will be removed and reinforced.”

The road to Broughton Hall will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians. Advance warning signs are in place and there is a signed diversion during the road closure period.

Cllr Mulligan added: “We appreciate that the lengthy closure will be an inconvenience to many but please be assured this essential work will have long-term benefits. If there are any changes to the schedule we will update the public.”

Operatives working on site will be observing all Government guidelines on safe social distancing.

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