Anchor Bridge has gone to ‘pot’

Closure of Anchor Bridge, Brighouse, to repair a hole caused delays around the town centre. Pictured supplied by Stuart Black
Closure of Anchor Bridge, Brighouse, to repair a hole caused delays around the town centre. Pictured supplied by Stuart Black

A ‘hole’ lot of trouble was brought to Brighouse town centre roads when one of its oldest bridges was forced to close.

Anchor Bridge, which crosses the Calder and Hebble navigation canal and links the town to Rastrick, was shut off on Friday afternoon after a two metre hole appeared in the road.

Due to safety fears, Calderdale Council’s Highways team was called to the scene to inspect the damage and immediately shut the bridge with diversions put in place.

Calderdale Council’s Head of Planning and Highways, Geoff Willerton, said: “On Friday November 1 a member of the public reported a pothole in the road on Briggate.

“Our emergency response team went out straight away and inspected the road. We found a hole in the road that was two metres deep, which we think may have been caused by a previous water main burst. We closed the road at 3pm for safety reasons. On Saturday November 2 we filled in the hole, resurfaced the road and reopened it at 2pm.

“The problem was not with the bridge itself. We checked it thoroughly as a precaution and found no signs of damage or movement.”

The town was gridlocked for several hours as motorists faced more misery due to earlier incidents.

At lunchtime the M62 between junction 22 and 24 was forced to close after a woman was seen climbing on to Scammonden Bridge.

Police officers were called to the scene, near junction 22, and talked her down.

Massive tailbacks formed around Rishworth Moor and took several hours to clear.

Diversions were put in place and caused more delays through villages and towns as drivers tried to find alternative routes.

There was queuing traffic moving very slowly from Halifax through to Hipperholme lights and also along Bradford Road, Brighouse, towards the town centre. A four-way temporary traffic lights for gas repairs at the junction of Birds Royd Lane and Huddersfield Road compounded problems on the roads.

Pictures by Stuart Black.