Viaduct danger removed

Red Watch removing the danger from Tadcaster viaduct
Red Watch removing the danger from Tadcaster viaduct

TADCASTER firefighters removed dangerous iron supports and wooden telephone cross arms from under the town’s viaduct last Friday.

Supervised by Red Watch leader Andy Creasey a firefighter was lowered over the parapet to saw away the supports.

Tadcaster Town Councillors Stephen Cobb, Deputy Mayor and Ian watched the hour-long proceedings.

Coun Cobb said: “The Council is grateful for the help of Red Watch for undertaking this daunting task. It is all in a day’s work for an organisation like the fire service.

“We are lucky that we have such a close working relationship with the local fire brigade in the town.“

The Grade II listed building, built by George Hudson in 1849, is owned and maintained by the Town Council.

It was intended to be part of a direct line from Leeds to York but financial problems meant that the line was never finished.

It was not until 1882 that goods, for use a now demolished mill, were taken across the viaduct by rail. It was last used in 1955.

It now provides a footpath across the river and forms part of the figure of eight walk along the River Wharfe.