Road to close for repair

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Essential drainage work on the B1217 near Saxton is to start on Monday January 9, North Yorkshire Council has advised.

The works involve the construction of a new drainage system to remove surface water from the carriageway to prevent flooding and minimise problems with ice.

A council spokesman said: “The scheme will take about three weeks to complete and in order to protect the workforce and road users the B1217 will be closed during the whole period of the works from the Crooked Billet pub to a point 500 metres west.

“The pub however, will not be within the road closure and is open for business as usual.

“Information boards were placed at the site before Christmas to advise highways users in advance to allow additional time for journeys.”

The diversion route is: B1217 (Collier Lane), Main Street (Aberford), Old Great North Road, Aberford Road, A64, A659 (Tadcaster) A162 and return.

County Councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience but this essential drainage work will improve conditions on the road significantly, preventing surface water from building up and reducing the hazard of ice during winter months.”

Weather permitting it is hoped the work will be completed by Friday January 27.