Pool Bridge


Carries the A658 over the River Wharfe

Grid Ref SE 243 455                                    Date of Strengthening 2000 approx.

Pool Bridge is a 'Boundary Bridge', that is it straddles the geographical boundary between Leeds City and North Yorkshire. The boundary runs along the centreline of the River Wharfe. By agreement, boundary bridges and the highway over them are maintained by one of the two adjoining Highway Authorities, in this case the bridge and its highway are maintained by Leeds. The boundary signs for North Yorkshire are out of sight on the north side of the River Wharfe.

The bridge carries the A658 Bradford to Harrogate road across the River Wharfe at Pool-in-Wharfedale and was assessed by my staff at Leeds CC Bridges Section under the UK government’s Bridgeguard programme. It was found to require strengthening to adequately carry heavy goods vehicles up to 44 tonnes. The bridge is a listed building and therefore could not be changed without obtaining Listed Building Consent.

Consent was obtained for the construction of a concrete slab full width of the bridge over the masonry arches, providing the footway was reinstated in York stone flags in place of the existing blacktop construction.

Closure of the bridge was not an option so a temporary Bailey bridge was built alongside the existing bridge a little upstream.

The engineer in charge of the scheme was Steve Gombocz C.Eng., M.I.C.E.

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Location Plan                Pool Bridge

Pool  Bridge West Elevation

27 Feb 2008

The A658 crosses Pool Bridge