Dales bridges destroyed by flash floods due to be permanently replaced later this year

The temporary bridge being installed last year on Grinton Moor.

Work on permanent replacements for two Dales bridges washed away by last year’s flash floods is due to start later this year.

The bridges over Cogden Beck in Swaledale were washed away when torrential rain fell on parts of Dales a year ago today.

Temporary bridge was installed in the weeks after the flooding, but county council officials say the authority has now designed the permanent replacement structures for the collapsed bridges on B6270 Cogden North and the C106 Cogden South.

The work is out to tender for a contractor and the works are planned to start in September.

The bridge on Grinton Moor washed away by last year’s floods. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

The county council says it has continued to repair roads and improve drainage to roads in Swaledale following last year’s unprecedented rainfall event and the resultant flash floods.

The County Council successfully made the case for Government funding and received a £3m one-off exceptional funding award to pay for repairs.

“We have carried on the crucial work to our highways infrastructure in the Swaledale area over the last year,” said county councillor Don Mackenzie, the council’s executive member for access.

“As we know how crucial these rural roads and bridges are to the Dales communities and keeping people and businesses connected.

“This work has carried on even through the coronavirus pandemic and we are now gearing up to build permanent bridges to replace the temporary structures we put in place when the bridges collapsed, and this work is now out to tender.

“We were very grateful for the funding award from Government which will ensure that the bridge schemes are delivered.”

The extreme weather saw homes, roads and bridges destroyed, as intense rain fell on areas of Richmondshire.

The rain swamped roads and surrounding land and overwhelmed drainage systems. Rivers carrying debris, including stones and boulders added to the destructive force of the water.


The county council’s bridges engineers repaired the landslip on the B6270 Reeth to Richmond, built a temporary road and culvert at the damaged bridge at Cogden South on on the C106 road near Grinton Moor and also built a temporary diversion at Cogden North Bridge on the B6270.

Since July last year the council’s highways teams have completed other repairs, which have included:

  • patching,
  • resurfacing,
  • parapet wall repairs to bridges,
  • making good road edge damage,
  • repairing ‘washed out areas’,
  • reinstating ditches,
  • repairing drainage systems damaged by the storms or
  • removing debris