Moss Bridge re-opens – a year after work first started

The new Moss Lane Bridge in Rodley leads to the proposed development.

Moss Bridge in Rodley finally re-opened this weekend – a year after work first started.

Work began last January on replacing the old bridge, which provides a link to a planned new housing development at Airedale Mills and also provides easy access to Rodley Cricket Club and Rodley Nature Reserve.

News of the reopening was welcomed by volunteers at the nature reserve, which had its opening hours several reduced while the work was going on.

“We can FINALLY post that the bridge is re-opening this weekend,” volunteers posted on Facebook on Saturday. “There will be occasional work for a few weeks, so be braced for some delays. Have a chat to the construction team if this happens and expect the usual waiting for boats to pass. Delighted it will be open for our #BigGardenBirdWatch next weekend!”

The management of the bridge will be initially taken on by a group formed of representatives of Yorkshire Water, the nature reserve, cricket club and others, who will have a small maintenance budget to manage it.

Detailed plans for 69 houses on the site could be considered by councillors next month.

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