Emergency action called for during meeting with North Yorkshire Council Leaders
I am pleased to report that a constructive meeting was held on 2nd June with North Yorkshire County Council Leaders and David Bowe, the Council’s Director, Business and Environmental Services. During the meeting the urgent need to get the road re-opened was stressed.
NYCC were asked for detailed information and regular updates about progress. The first of these was released shortly after the meeting and is presented below. Note that consideration is being given to adding a cycle route but this must not delay work on getting the road re-opened.
Press Release issued by NYCC after the meeting on the 2nd of June:
Investigation and design for A19 repairs near conclusion.
Investigation and design work ahead of repairs to the closed section of the A19 near Chapel Haddlesey is nearing a conclusion.
The process has been unavoidably delayed by both the very slow dissipation of water following the floods in February, which prevented the investigations starting, and subsequently the Covid-19 pandemic and the availability of specialist ground investigation radar.
The road sits on a causeway that runs over five culverts. The floods eroded and undermined the bottom for the causeway’s embankments, but more critically the ground radar has established that there are numerous voids within the structure throughout its length of more than one kilometre (more than 0.6 miles).
David Bowe, North Yorkshire County Council’s Corporate Director, Business and Environmental Services, said: “We have removed vegetation in preparation for works starting on site and are working with our consultant and contractor to establish the best way to complete the work. At this point, construction is expected to take between six and eight months. However, we are seeking to minimise this period.
“As soon as we have a detailed programme, we will inform the public.
“We have received a request to build an adjacent cycleway as we repair this stretch of road. However, to do so would require additional land and major structural works to widen the causeway and extend the five culverts. The cost would run to millions of pounds and would significantly delay the repair work while we established a solution for a cycleway and tried to source funding. Any cycleway would also need to extend much further than the length of the repair scheme to usefully connect it to the wider network.
“We will, however, consider the possibility of a cycleway as part of the wider Active Travel programme promoted by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps, funding for which we anticipate will be announced later this year. All proposals from across the county would be prioritised objectively, looking at cost and benefit.”
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