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Kex Gill to open ahead of schedule

Site of the landslip on A59 at Kex Gill

Landslip repairs on the A59 at Kex Gill will be completed ahead of schedule, with the road expected to reopen this Saturday, 22 June.


The road was closed on 2nd February due to a landslip, North Yorkshire Council attributed the landslip to continued periods of wet weather.


The council was forced to carry out repairs worth a reported £2million, which will conclude with resurfacing taking place this week.


The diversion has sent traffic through Ilkley on the A65, causing lengthy delays at peak times.

Following its closure in February, the most effective repair scheme was chosen, which involved the installation of more than 85 metres of steel sheets – known as piles – to create a structural wall.


The road behind the sheet piles was then reconstructed, along with drainage works and the relocation of telephone cables.


North Yorkshire Council’s corporate director of environment, Karl Battersby, said: “We thank residents and businesses for their continued patience whilst these essential works come to an end.  


“During the repair scheme we extended working hours to ensure the road can be reopened as soon as possible.


“Our focus can now turn to the multi-million pound re-alignment project. The latest landslip proves more than ever that the scheme is essential to ensure the future of this key east-west route.”


Kex Gill has a history of landslips and over the years there have been many unplanned and costly closures. They cause an inconvenience for users of the A59, the surrounding towns and villages, and are detrimental for businesses and local farmers.


The re-alignment project involves the creation of a new four-kilometre stretch of road, replacing an existing part of the A59 which has been affected by the landslips.

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