Ireland Bridge, Bingley, to be open to traffic by June 19

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Landlord of the Brown Cow at Bingley, Mustafa Ozmen, is looking forward to business returning Buy this photo Landlord of the Brown Cow at Bingley, Mustafa Ozmen, is looking forward to business returning

Major work to strengthen Bingley’s historic Ireland Bridge is to be completed weeks ahead of schedule, allowing the road to reopen to traffic this month.

Bradford Council began work on the 17th-century grade II listed structure in January, after a delay due to the discovery of a colony of rare Daubenton’s bats.

The vital work to widen the steep, narrow road from the bridge to the St Ives Estate, known as The Twines, was expected to last until the middle of July.

The bridge was incapable of carrying two lanes of traffic after investigations revealed that parapets and the walls between the arches and parapet had weakened.

Engineers have now confirmed they expect to have two-way traffic flowing over the bridge by Saturday, June 19.

Mark Brundle, Bradford Council’s senior highways structures engineer, said: “The work, in collaboration with Eric Wright civil engineering, has progressed really well and involved innovative engineering solutions which have helped reduced costs.

“Although the bridge will be back to its original two lane width, the continuation of work on The Twines will mean carriageway restrictions for the next few weeks.”

It was decided last year to restore the bridge to two lanes, but work was re-scheduled for the winter after the bat colony was discovered, to coincide with the creatures leaving the area to hibernate in caves in the Yorkshire Dales.

Nearby businesses complained about the temporary closure of the bridge saying it had affected their trade.

Mustafa Ozmen, landlord of the Brown Cow, next to the bridge, said: “I’m pleased.

“When it opens it will be like starting all over again, so it’s pretty exciting.

“The guys who have been doing the bridge have been doing a good job.”

e-mail: jo.winrow@telegraphandargus.co.uk

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2:37pm Tue 1 Jun 10

Ninja_Penguin says...

Excellent news, lets hope the free weekend parking continues as well.....
Excellent news, lets hope the free weekend parking continues as well..... Ninja_Penguin
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4:39pm Tue 1 Jun 10

bradford pedant says...

I just love conservation. One colony of bats and the entire community is brought to a standstill whilst they do whatever bats have to do. In the meantime business lose money, motorists have to travel miles out of their way. But at least the works will finish slightly earlier. What a consolation !
I just love conservation. One colony of bats and the entire community is brought to a standstill whilst they do whatever bats have to do. In the meantime business lose money, motorists have to travel miles out of their way. But at least the works will finish slightly earlier. What a consolation ! bradford pedant
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5:33pm Tue 1 Jun 10

spinnekop says...

HOLY COW BATMAN!! Bradford council finished something and early !
HOLY COW BATMAN!! Bradford council finished something and early ! spinnekop
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9:01am Wed 2 Jun 10

bwwb says...

Work started on the 11th January and all signs say the work will take 24 weeks. Therefore completion was due on the 28th June. To claim the work was "weeks ahead of schedule" when in fact it is only 9 days is just plain wrong.
It also makes you wonder why it should take 23 weeks to re-build a bridge which was probably made in about three months by "a man and his dog" a couple of centuries ago to a standard which lasted 200 years.
Work started on the 11th January and all signs say the work will take 24 weeks. Therefore completion was due on the 28th June. To claim the work was "weeks ahead of schedule" when in fact it is only 9 days is just plain wrong. It also makes you wonder why it should take 23 weeks to re-build a bridge which was probably made in about three months by "a man and his dog" a couple of centuries ago to a standard which lasted 200 years. bwwb
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10:25pm Tue 15 Jun 10

PaulHodgson says...

The shuttle bus service provided by the council has been very poor to say the least.

What was a good idea has been spoiled by the shuttle bus company who have the contract with the council.

On too many times to mention the shuttle bus driver has not kept to schedule and has left early for his evening leaving commuters stranded at the bus turn around outside the Brown Cow.

No wonder most people have taken to driving down the twines. The shuttle bus service has just failed to deliver.
The shuttle bus service provided by the council has been very poor to say the least. What was a good idea has been spoiled by the shuttle bus company who have the contract with the council. On too many times to mention the shuttle bus driver has not kept to schedule and has left early for his evening leaving commuters stranded at the bus turn around outside the Brown Cow. No wonder most people have taken to driving down the twines. The shuttle bus service has just failed to deliver. PaulHodgson
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1:21pm Wed 23 Jun 10

qwerty9 says...

Like most things you read in the press, this article is rubbish. 23rd June still no sign of the bridge opening. Wasted time and fuel going that way because of this article.
Like most things you read in the press, this article is rubbish. 23rd June still no sign of the bridge opening. Wasted time and fuel going that way because of this article. qwerty9
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