Roadworks on A59 in Harrogate until March 2015

The work will take place on Skipton Road, Harrogate.(2312033j)
The work will take place on Skipton Road, Harrogate.(2312033j)
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Work to create a new traffic island and Toucan crossing on Skipton Road will begin on Monday, February 2.

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) is to begin works in Harrogate to create a new traffic island and Toucan crossing to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists crossing Skipton Road.

The traffic island will create a safe crossing, particularly for cyclists taking the cycle path into town across the Harrogate Stray.

Work will begin on Monday, February 2 to build the traffic island and crossing at the Claro Road junction, 300m west of the Empress roundabout. The work will also include an upgrade of traffic signals, an improvement to the junction layout with advanced stop lining for cyclists and resurfacing of Claro Road down to Devonshire Place.

Three- way temporary lights will be in operation for the duration of the works, though these will be manually operated during peak times (7.30am-9.30am and 3.45pm - 6.30pm) to improve traffic flow. The work is expected to last for eight weeks through to March.

The project is part of NYCC’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme which is jointly funded with the Department for Transport. The aim of the LSDF programme is to promote walking and cycling and to improve traffic flow.

“These junction improvements are necessary to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians crossing the very busy A59 at this point,” said County Coun Gareth Dadd, NYCC Executive Member for Highways.

“The improved signalling and road layout have been designed to have the minimal impact on traffic flow while making life a good deal safer for the many who have to cross this junction on foot or by bicycle.

“We will do everything possible to minimise disruption during the works and will ensure the work is completed efficiently and in good time. The construction works will inevitably cause some delays and I apologise on behalf of NYCC for any inconvenience.”