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Work to start on A59 Skip Bridge

North Yorkshire County Council will begin essential maintenance at Skip Bridge on the A59 between York and the A1 in the new year.

The work will include jacking up the bridge deck end, replacing bearings, reconstructing the ballast wall, crash barrier improvements and resurfacing. The work is scheduled to begin on 8 January and be complete by 30 March.

While work is being done there will be a 30mph speed limit in place to slow down vehicles travelling through the works for the safety of the construction team and the travelling public.

The A59 will remain open throughout the work. However, during the majority of the work westbound traffic will be diverted through the adjacent layby to maintain two-way traffic flow. However, on a few nights, the layby will be used as a short diversion route for all traffic, with two-way traffic lights to control traffic over the River Nidd.

When this traffic management is in place, the layby will be classed as a clearway, so stopping, loading, parking and waiting will be prohibited for its entire length. This will be essential for safety, as there is insufficient room for large vehicles to pass parked cars.

“This essential maintenance, which includes upgrading the bridge’s crash barriers, is another example of the County Council’s continuing commitment to maintaining the county’s extensive road network.

"It will help to preserve and improve the vital east-west link provided by the A59. We will do all we can to keep any inconvenience to drivers to a minimum.”

– County Cllr Don Mackenzie

Council draw up plans to prevent repeat Malton floods

Flooding in Malton last year Credit: ITV Yorkshire

One year on from the floods in Malton and Norton, North Yorkshire County Council has set out a review of the preventative work that has been carried out over the past 12 months and work that still needs to be undertaken.

The review, which has analysed the response to the 2012 floods, shows that much has been done since to understand better and reduce the risk of flooding and that agencies continue to work on initiatives and projects that will deliver additional improvements.

The 'Malton, Norton and Old Malton Flood Risk Review' will be taken to the North Yorkshire Flood Risk Partnership - which comprises the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, the internal drainage boards, the county and district councils - at the beginning of December.

Another series of public consultations will then follow as the flood risk partnership wants residents and community representatives to continue to highlight issues of concern and to give their views on the proposals.

Key findings are:

Malton and Norton's river flood defences, built in 2004 in response to the devastating floods of 1999 and 2000, proved to be extremely effective. As there was some seepage in places some specialist repairs have been carried out.

The most distressing aspect of the 2012 flooding was caused by surface and groundwater interacting with high river levels to overwhelm drainage and sewerage systems. A robust operational response has been developed to ensure the risk of flooding to properties is effectively managed and controlled.

A location-specific pumping plan has been developed, which can respond to differing flood incidents and which details the places where resources need to be deployed and critically, the triggers for that deployment.

The partnership is working to reduce the impact of flooding on the highways infrastructure such as County Bridge and surrounding roads. Partners are looking to install permanent rail and road crossings for pipework needed during pumping operations.

Identifying places where temporary sandbag defences were constructed during the floods and where a permanent earth bund or wall might be appropriate - such as the area adjacent to the pumping station at Welham Road