A huge new bridge was craned in over the River Calder today following the devastating floods.

The new structure in Elland has been installed for vital services ahead of the demolition of the existing damaged bridge.

A new pedestrian bridge was put in last month but it could be the end of the year before a new road bridge is built.

Workers also used the crane to move barges that were stranded on the banks following the record deluge on Boxing Day.

Watch the barges being moved below

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The temporary bridge was then lowered in.

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It will be used for gas and water pipes and electrical and communications cables that need to cross the river.

Clr Tim Swift, leader of Calderdale Council, said: “Elland bridge is in a very bad state and will unfortunately have to be demolished.

See pictures of the work taking place below

“As well as previously being an important crossing point the damaged bridge also carries important utility services.

“The installation of a separate crossing point to contain these services ensures they are protected.”