Harrogate motorists face eight-mile diversions due to road closure


Aug 11, 2021
The Pot Bank area in Harrogate. Picture: Google.
The Pot Bank area in Harrogate. Picture: Google.

Motorists face significant diversions for five weeks from Monday due the closure of a busy road near Harrogate.

North Yorkshire County Council will close the B6161 to carry out work on Pot Bridge in Beckwithshaw. The work will strengthen the arch of the bridge and repair the parapet and surrounding walls.

It means motorists will incur eight-mile diversions via Beckwithshaw, Norwood and the A59, adding about 15 minutes to their journeys.

Cllr Stanley Lumley, member for the Pateley Bridge division on the county council and chair of the transport committee, said:

“The scheme will be welcomed by commuters and residents as the road has become increasingly busier with those seeking alternative routes to the centre of Harrogate.

“The repairs to this well-used bridge are part of our extensive programme to maintain and improve the county’s roads.

“We appreciate the closure will be an inconvenience to many however I would ask the public for their cooperation while the work is ongoing.”

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The roadworks are the latest set of delays for motorists who will also have to contend with a temporary traffic lights on Otley Road from Monday.

More lights will appear slightly closer to the town centre when Northern Powergrid begins work to divert underground cables at the junction with Harlow Oval for 11 days.

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