Road improvements in North Yorkshire

Hundreds of miles of roads across North Yorkshire are to be treated as part of an extensive annual programme.

North Yorkshire went through local government reorganisation at the same time and on the same schedule as Cumbria did. But the Conservative administration in the new North Yorkshire council, unlike the Labour administration in the new Cumberland council or the Lib/Dems in the new Westmorland and Furness council, has hit the ground running - and hit the roads, fixing them.

The new North Yorkshire Council is delivering an extra £2.6 million worth of surface dressing works as part of its £8 million programme during spring and summer.

Surface dressing is a quick, efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining skid-resistant and waterproof road surfaces, helping to prevent potholes and extending the life of the road by up to ten years.

North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for highways and transport, Cllr Keane Duncan, said: “Keeping North Yorkshire’s roads safe and in the best possible condition is a top priority for the new council and we’re taking action in our first month.

“This £8 million investment in surface dressing is a key part of our proactive maintenance plan that is vital to maintaining a safe network and preventing potholes arising.

“Maintaining North Yorkshire’s roads is an immense challenge, but despite the impact of winter and inflationary pressures we are making positive progress.

“Careful prioritisation of works, additional investment and close cooperation with our contractors means we will be delivering an extra £2.6 million worth of surface dressing schemes this year, the equivalent of an extra 60 miles.

“This is immensely positive news, but there is still more to do, and we will continue to invest and innovate to improve the road network for residents in all corners of the county.”

In this year’s Spring Budget, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt pledged to increase the fund available to deal with potholes each year to £700 million. North Yorkshire was awarded £6.5 million, making it among the top three councils to benefit from the funding. A review of its programme is under way to bring in new schemes and ensure the money is spent in the most cost-effective way.

The surface dressing programme will begin mid-April in the Hambleton, Selby and Scarborough districts. It is due to run into Ryedale and Richmondshire in May, finishing in the Craven district in early June.

North Yorkshire Council’s roadworks map will include up-to-date details and dates of the works as the programme progresses. It can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/roadworks-map

For more information about surface dressing, including advice for motorists and residents during the work, visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/roads-and-pavements/surface-dressing.

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