A NEW bridge that will benefit businesses at Dalton Industrial Estate, near Thirsk, is taking shape following the placement of beams linking the two sides.

It will replace the existing bridge, which has been closed for long periods in the past because of flooding, and was again closed recently after the heavy rain.

Jobs will be safeguarded and, potentially, more created by the realignment of the road and construction of the new bridge, which is expected to open in June.

The £4.1m project is the result of a partnership between businesses on the estate, the county’s Enterprise Partnership, the county council, Hambleton District Council and the Environment Agency.

Hambleton’s leader Cllr Mark Robson said: “This bridge is going to make a massive difference to both the people working on the estate and those living in Dalton.

“We hope it will see the economy of this important industrial estate grow, bringing more businesses to Hambleton and opportunities for local people.”

Enterprise partnership chair David Kerfoot said: “The recent weather and flooding at Dalton has only emphasised the importance of this investment.

“We have great businesses on Dalton Industrial Estate employing hundreds of people.

“This investment will ensure they can continue to grow.”