Alec joined local Councillors Ryan Stephenson and Matthew Robinson for the long-awaited reopening of Linton Bridge on Saturday 2nd September.
The grade II listed structure over the River Wharfe – connecting the villages of Collingham and Linton – was opened by local community representatives Andrew Walker and Lily Sparling, alongside the Lord Mayor of Leeds.
Alec secured funding for the £5.1 million repair in the Chancellor’s Budget after the bridge was damaged by Storm Eva.
Alec said: “I was pleased to have secured funding for the repair in the 2016 Budget and since then I have been working closely with local councillors to scrutinise the works schedule commissioned by the Labour-run Council”.
Councillor Ryan Stephenson (Harewood Ward) added: “It’s great to finally see the bridge open and have our two villages reconnected after twenty months of disruption. Residents of both villages turned out in their hundreds to mark the occasion and witness the official ribbon cutting we had organised. It was a really momentous occasion for the area, marking the completion of the £5 million restoration project and the reunification of our communities”.