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Archive December 21 2000

21/12 Left - The bridge was opened by Councillor Roy Wilson Chairman of the NYCC. He was met by the Mayor of Richmond, Councillor John Harris. Father Christmas was on hand to deliver this early Christmas present to the Town of Richmond.


21/12 Right - Amongst the people gathered for the opening were representatives from the Town, District, and County councils, members of the local business community and members of the Morrisons team at Richmond and also Mouchel North Yorkshire.


21/12 Right - The weight restriction signs come down as the bridge is now supported under it's own weight by the re-constructed arches.

The traffic restrictions through the town have also been lifted allowing two way traffic back into town via Bargate - an important route into town from Wensleydale.

The new portion of the bridge showing the new stone from the Dunhouse Quarry Works. The stone has been fitted by expert masons from Eslington Stone paying close attention to the detail of the old parapet and arches.

Final pointing to the masonry will be done in the New Year and the clearing-up project will start in the Spring when the weather is likely to be better.

NYCC Press Release 21-12-00


RICHMOND'S historic Mercury Bridge, closed by flooding since early June,was fully reopened to traffic today. (21-12-'00)

Santa Claus was on hand to deliver an early Christmas present for the people of Richmond together with Councillor Roy Wilson, the chairman of North Yorkshire County Council, and Councillor Peter Sowray, executive member for environmental services.

The six-month project has produced a terrific team effort from everyone involved. The bridge was closed to all traffic after being damaged by extensive flooding on the River Swale.

The floodwater under-scoured the central pier and as a result parts of the central parapet and arches collapsed into the river. The county council has been working in close co-operation with contractors

Morrison Construction Ltd and designers Pell Frischmann. Mouchel North Yorkshire have acted as project managers.

Mike Moore, North Yorkshire's director of environmental services, said: "I am delighted that the whole team which has worked tirelessly to reconstruct this bridge sees their efforts rewarded by achieving the deadline of having it open for Christmas. "It has undoubtedly been a very challenging engineering exercise which has been made difficult throughout by exceptionally bad weather conditions and very difficult foundation problems for the bridge.

"I am extremely grateful for the co-operation we have been shown by all of the official bodies, particularly Richmondshire District Council and the local parish and town councils, and for the understanding shown by residents and traders of Richmond."

Final pointing to the masonry will be completed in the New Year. The final clearance work on the site will be carried out during hopefully better weather conditions in the Spring.

Contact: Mike Moore, County Hall, ext 2124

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