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Provisional opening date for Moss Lane Bridge revealed

A final opening date for a new swing bridge over the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Rodley has been revealed by a Bramley & Stanningley councillor.

The replacement swing bridge has been delivered to site and we have been advised that it will be lifted into place on 11 or 12 November, with a reopening date ‘provisionally’ set for Wednesday, 14 December.

Work on the replay ing the old swing bridge with a new one began back in January, and has affected easy access to both Rodley Nature Reserve and Rodley Cricket Club

The new bridge will provide access to a proposed housing development of 66 homes on the Airedale Mills site.

Posting on social media, Councillor Kevin Ritchie said: “Further fabrication works for installing surfacing and parapets will then be required together with a period for commissioning the bridge. It is anticipated that this will be complete on 24 November subject to no “hiccups” during commissioning.

“During this period, surfacing works to the access road to the Nature Reserve/ Treatment Works and Cricket Club will commence.

“After the bridge has been put in place, workso n Moss Bridge will also commence and allow Statutory Undertakers to lay cables/pipes for diversion and new services. Once the roadworks are complete, the road and bridge access will be opened to the general public. The opening date is provisionally programmed for 14 December.”

he overall development is being derived by two separate planning applications by two different applicants. One has been approved, one is awaiting a decision by Leeds City Council.

Plans by Dynamic Capital & Investments for access to the site and a new swing bridge, alongside the principle of a housing development of up to 69 houses, was green-lit by councillors in July 2019.

A second planning application including the detailed proposals for 66 new homes was first submitted last December by Casa By Moda (part of construction giants Caddick) and include layout, scale, appearance and landscaping. This could come before planners later this month.

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