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East Ardsley bridge to be restored

Fall Lane Railway Bridge, East Ardsley, Leeds. Date:9th December 2013. Picture James Hardisty (JH1001/54d)

Fall Lane Railway Bridge, East Ardsley, Leeds. Date:9th December 2013. Picture James Hardisty (JH1001/54d)

Rail bosses have committed to replacing the Fall Lane bridge in East Ardsley after pressure was brought to bear by residents and councillors.

A public meeting was held in response to increasing concerns from local residents about transport links to the area.

Representatives from Network Rail, Arriva, First Bus and Metro were all present at the packed meeting in which residents expressed their frustrations at the delays and inconvenience caused to bus users by the closure of the Fall Lane bridge.

At the meeting, Network Rail bosses agreed that repair a replacement bridge would be made during their next five year financial period.

Coun Jack Dunn said: “Bus users haven’t been able to use the bridge for some time due to its condition and they have had enough.

“It’s great news that Network Rail have agreed to look at the bridge and replace it. It’s a positive move forward.”

Coun Lisa Mulherin said: “The three tonne weigh limit has wrecked havoc with bus services and forced fire engines and bin wagons to take a lengthy detour.

“We will continue to talk to Network Rail to try to secure a date for implementation sooner rather than later. “

Ed Balls MP, who held the meeting, said: “I called the meeting to give local people an opportunity to put their questions to and get some answers from transport bosses.

“It was a constructive meeting and Network Rail were clear that resolving problems on Fall Lane was high priority.”

 

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