Dalton Bank Bridge reopens

Dalton Bank Bridge

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Do you travel by car, bike or on foot using Dalton Bank Bridge?

Thanks to a £400, 000 investment your journey should have improved. The Dalton Bank Bridge has been controlled by traffic lights, and restricted to a single lane of traffic since 2004, but it is now fully open and speeding up journey times.

What changes have been made under Dalton Bank Bridge

The bridge, which crosses over the well-used Calder Valley Greenway,  now forms an interesting feature for cyclists and walkers travelling below. Instead of the old square tunnel,  there is now an unusual corrugated metal curve.  As you approach the curve you can admire the reinforced brick clad bridge, and once the weather improves, new planting will make this popular route even more attractive.

Reinforcing a bridge is more difficult than you may think, especially when the workers have to deal with high winds and lots of rain. But, despite the weather and the difficulties of the job, the teams from the council and North Midland Construction finished on time – in just 12 weeks! This means that the bridge can now, once again, carry 2 lanes of traffic.

Cllr Peter McBride said:

It’s testament to the hard work of the council’s designers and contractors that the bridge is now fully functional,  and that most of the work took place without the people travelling above ever knowing about it. I would also like to thank Sustrans for their supporting in finding alternative routes for the users of the greenway whilst the works took place.  The improvements are going to benefit everyone and make travelling the route much easier.”

More about the bridge

  • The Dalton Bank Bridge originally opened in 1910
  • The bridge carries over 3300 vehicles per day.
  • The bridge links the areas of Dalton and Colne Bridge.
  • It is the only emergency access road to several major industrial companies including Syngenta.

One comment

  • Along with the unstinting and totally competent support of Martyn Bolt, together with SUSTRANS and several other local volunteer groups and individuals, I was deeply involved with the creation of the Calder Valley Greenway. It was process which was not without its ‘political issues’ at times, not least because we had to work hard to convince the Council to convert from the original intent of using the Calder & Hebble Canal tow path as the cycle route. One of the great achievements too was that of succeeding to convince the planners of the route to make it triple use, that is for cyclists, walkers and horse riders, that being especially beneficial for the latter user group which is all to frequently ignored when public funds are being expended upon public rights of way schemes. However, looking at the photographs of new tunnel it does appear to be somewhat lower at its top centre radius than the height of the old rectangular structure. We presume, of course, that the new construction has allowed sufficient height for a large ridden horse to pass through the tunnel without need for a dismount because, if not, that will contradict the original triple use intent of the route.

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