Following further assessments and discussions between the contractor and the county council this morning due to very difficult working conditions over a number of days in freezing temperatures, it seems likely that the opening of Tadcaster Bridge will be pushed to the back of next week.

In an effort to keep work progressing during these freezing temperatures the contractors erected heated tents over the masonry parapet wall on the upstream side of the bridge. But even the tents were unable to maintain temperatures at a level that would permit masonry work to continue.

As a result, this has significantly hampered the operation, losing a number of days of masonry work in the past week.

The County Council will review progress on the bridge again on Monday, but the masonry work yet to be completed on the upstream parapet wall is such that opening the bridge to traffic will not be possible until the back end of next week.