Skipton Road bridge replacement could lead to long-term Harrogate travel delays


Last updated Aug 11, 2021
The bridge is set to be replaced.

North Yorkshire County Council is planning to replace a busy road and foot bridge on Skipton Road in Harrogate.

The plans for Oakbeck bridge, near the Ripon Road and Skipton Road roundabout, are still subject to planning approval.

But if the council approves its plans then work could start as soon as October and cause significant travel disruption, with overnight road closures and temporary traffic lights possible.

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The road is heavily used by traffic, especially by people visiting Aldi, B&Q and Pets at Home on the Oak Beck retail park.

It is unclear at this stage how much the works will cost or how long they will take. However, a county council post on a roadworks website has the works listed until June 30, 2022.

The county council is currently carrying out a consultation with local representatives and experts.

John Smith, the council’s bridges and design services manager, said:

“We are planning to carry out essential maintenance at Oakbeck Bridge, Skipton Road.

“Subject to a planning decision, which is expected in September, work on the project could start in October.

“Statutory consultees are invited to comment as a normal part of the planning process.

“The bridge requires essential maintenance and the footbridge is in a poor condition and will be removed and replaced with footpaths over the bridge.”

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