Skipton Road to be closed

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Motorists and residents have been left confused over the announcement of road closures on one of Harrogate’s busiest routes.

Skipton Road from the New Park roundabout to the Empress roundabout is set to be closed for resurfacing works from 7pm to midnight for three weeks starting on February 20.

Residents complained the first they had heard of the closures was when a sign was put up on the side of the road.

Alan Huddart tweeted: “Just seen the dreaded signs on Skipton Road. More traffic hell for Harrogate.”

On Facebook’s Mumblers group, Jenni Shepherd said: “It would be really helpful if the council would send letters to residents. Most of the residents of Bilton have to use that part of Skipton Road to get home.”

However, Coun David Simister (Bilton and Nidd Gorge, UKIP) insisted the roadworks would not lead to the type of chaos caused by Marks and Spencer’s building work on Leeds Road.

Coun Simister said: “There will be access for residents and the work will be done in different stages.

“The county council knows how chock-a-block Skipton Road gets so have planned the work outside of commuting times. I haven’t had any complaints from people, it will be good to have the road surface fixed.”

He added: “This won’t lead to the hold-ups we are seeing on Leeds Road at peak times. I heard that Leeds Road actually flowed better when the lights were out last week.”

A spokesman for the county council said: “Start and finish dates are weather dependent but every effort will be taken to complete the works on time and with the least disruption.

“The works will be undertaken in two parts so that the stretch of the A59 Skipton Road to the east between New Park roundabout and Empress roundabout will be completed within the first three weeks.

“Resurfacing works to the west between New Park roundabout and Otley Road roundabout will take place during the fourth week.”

She added: “Local arrangements will be put in place to allow traffic to access properties and adjoining residential areas. within the works.”