Press release from the Environment Agency
Motorists driving through Mytholmroyd will be temporarily diverted through the fire station’s forecourt during the next stage of the flood defence scheme to provide better protection for 400 properties in the village. The temporary diversion is needed to enable connections to be made across the new bridge into existing services within Burnley Road.
This month (July) water, telephone, gas, and electric utility services will be redirected across the new Caldene Bridge. From August these services will be diverted along Burnley Road for connection in September and October.
The full width of Burnley Road will be needed to complete these connections safely with space for machinery. During September and October, a 45m diversion through the fire station forecourt will be in place with the traffic re-joining Burnley Road beyond the utility works.
This service connection work, in a particularly constrained area, could have potentially required a full road closure of Burnley Road for several weeks.
However, the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council recognise the significant impact this would have on the wider community and the economy, particularly during peak tourist season, so extensive work has been carried out with utility companies to find an alternative solution that keeps Burnley Road open.
The current traffic management scheme on the A646 which has one lane closed will continue to be in place throughout this stage of the scheme and until its completion.
As a result of this work, the overall completion of the £30m flood defence scheme is now expected to be Summer 2020. This is because keeping Burnley Road open will impact progress on other areas of the project and add work to the construction programme.
Helen Batt, Calderdale catchment director for the Environment Agency, said:
“We have been working really hard with the utility companies, Calderdale Council’s highways officers and fire service to ensure that co-ordinated plans are in place to safely carry out the work and keep traffic flowing.
“Our aim was to avoid a full road closure for several weeks which would have been incredibly disruptive. After examining alternative options, this diversion through the fire station was seen as the best solution to minimise impact on residents and businesses in the local community and the Calder Valley. We will be doing everything we can to work as efficiently as possible throughout the project and will continue to keep the public informed as the work progresses.”
Calderdale Council’s Director of Regeneration and Strategy, Mark Thompson, said:
“The relocation of Caldene Bridge is an essential part of the works to help protect local residents and businesses from the devastating effects of flooding. After careful consideration, officers have agreed that the temporary diversion is the best way to ensure the work is done safely, helping to keep traffic moving through the valley and achieving a balance between getting the job finished and minimising disturbance.”
Anyone with concerns, questions or feedback can talk to a member of the project team at the Red Acre Site Office or at surgeries on Friday mornings, 9am to 12pm, at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. Alternatively, they can email – mytholmroydFAS@environment-agency.gov.uk.
Further updates will be available on Twitter by following @EnvAgencyYNE #MytholmroydFAS and visiting:- www.eyeoncalderdale.com/mytholmroyd-flood-alleviation-scheme(external link).
The Environment Agency is working in partnership with Calderdale Council and VBA to deliver the £30m Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation Scheme which will substantially reduce flood risk for the local community.
The Environment Agency is investing £475m in Yorkshire to better protect 66,000 homes across the county as part of its current six year programme to 2021.