Council announces sudden closure of A59 at Kex Gill
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Last updated Feb 2, 2024
The damaged verge of the A59 at Kex Gill.

The A59, which is the main route between Harrogate and Skipton, will close at Kex Gill at 6.30pm tonight (Friday, February 2).

North Yorkshire Council said it was for safety reasons after a crack on the verge, which appeared last week, got worse.

It announced the news shortly before 3.30pm today — just three hours before the closure comes into effect.

The council statement said:

“After a crack appeared in the verge last week, North Yorkshire Council’s highways team installed two-way traffic lights to keep vehicles away from that side of the road for safety reasons and to prevent further movement.

“Since then, engineers have been carrying out investigations, monitoring the area and considering the most effective repair scheme.

“However, there has been further movement of the road caused by poor weather conditions and heavy rain in recent weeks. A decision has been made to fully close the A59 at Kex Gill for the safety of the travelling public.”

It added “a signed diversion will be in place during the closure and highways teams will carry out a repair as soon as possible”.

However, it did not say how long it expects the road to be closed or where the detour is. With the area served by few roads, it is likely to cause considerable extra journey times for motorists.

Kex Gill

Kex Gill

The council said it “hopes to have further information next week regarding the length of time the closure will remain in place”.

A three-mile section of road at Kex Gill, near Blubberhouses, is being built on the landslip-prone A59 — although the current road has remained open until now.

The highway is being re-aligned in a £68.8 million scheme aimed at preventing further landslips.

The Department for Transport is providing grant funding of £56.1 million and the remaining £12.7 million has been allocated from North Yorkshire Council’s capital reserves.


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