Yorkshire Water apologise to delayed drivers in Knaresborough

Road works on Bond End. Picture: Andrew Willoughby
Road works on Bond End. Picture: Andrew Willoughby

Knaresborough road users and residents have received an apology from Yorkshire Water after essential works on Bond End left some people delayed by an hour.

The works which were started by the contractors, Amey, last Sunday (June 5) were due to finish on Tuesday June 7 but after problems were encountered the contract was extended.

A five way temporary traffic light system was put around the site, bringing many cars to a standstill, but the investigations have now been concluded and the road was re-opened earlier today (June 9).

A Yorkshire Water spokesperson said, "We apologise for the traffic disruption caused by our work in Bond End this week. A local customer had reported a problem to us and we were checking our sewerage system to see if it was the cause.

During the work being carried out, Knaresborough Town Councillor, Andrew Willoughby (Lib) complained to North Yorkshire County Council's highways department.

He said: "It was taking an hour to reach the centre of Knaresborough from Starbeck and taking half an hour to reach the centre from the edge of Knaresborough on the Boroughbridge Road side."

Coun Willoughby described the town centre as 'quiet' in his complaint, as people were 'simply avoiding' the area.

But while the delays may be over for now, Coun Willoughby said the issue on Bond End had highlighted a wider problem with the regulations around roadworks.

He said: "Somebody somewhere needs to design a better system of temporary traffic lights when works are carried out - it can't carry on like this. I can't go along with this feeling of we have to put up with it - this was too bad."

However it seems as though the delays could be set to return in the future as Yorkshire Water's conclusions revealed that the problem did not fall under their responsibility and as such has not yet been resolved.