Improvements for UK road link

Improvements are planned for an important UK road link.
Maintenance / February 27, 2023 45 seconds Read
By MJ Woof
A new UK road project will address issues caused by previous landslips - image courtesy of © Aleksandr Grechanyuk |


Drivers using the A59 in the UK will benefit from planned improvements to the route between Harrogate and Skipton in North Yorkshire. A budget of £56 million has been set for the improvement works, which will boost transport and cut journey times.

The road will be rerouted at Kex Gill, with the work being carried out for North Yorkshire County Council and Transport for the North in Yorkshire. The majority of the funding for the work is being provided by the UK Government. This is being allocated to support highways maintenance, pothole repairs and local transport measures.

The area surrounding the A59 at Kex Gill has a history of landslips resulting in a number of costly and unplanned road closures. The new route will replace this section of the A59. The total cost of the new scheme is £68 million, with the remaining costs paid by North Yorkshire County Council. Recognised as an important route in the region, this road provides motorists with a vital east-to-west link and connects the towns of Harrogate and Skipton.

The council has worked closely with local communities to design a scheme that minimises the impact on the environment and those residing in nearby towns and villages. Works are set to commence later this year and the new scheme is expected to open in 2025.

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