Drivers reminded that A64 is closed in both directions this weekend

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Motorists planning to head to York or all points west are reminded that part of the A64 is closed this weekend, until 6am on Monday.

The stretch near Malton between Crambeck and Low Hutton is closed to allow the concrete base of the road to be replaced.

It is the first of three scheduled weekend closures. The others are Friday 9 November-Monday 12 November, and Friday 16 November-Monday 19 November, with the same timings as this weekend.

Highways England has put in place the following diversions:

Westbound traffic from Scarborough to York: Traffic will be diverted off the A64 at Pickering interchange and on to the A169 towards Pickering and the A170 towards Thirsk, going down Sutton Bank. They will then follow the A168 onto the A1(M) at Dishforth. People wishing to access York will use the A19. People with caravans will have to use the alternative route at Sutton Bank.

Eastbound from York to Scarborough: Traffic will be diverted off the A64 at Grimston Bar where they will join the A166 towards Driffield, going through Stamford Bridge and Fridaythorpe, and continue towards the coast. People wishing to access Pickering, Malton or the surrounding area will be directed to Norton through the B1251 and B1248. They will then rejoin the A64 at Brambling Fields. Highways England will be installing a one-way system at Norton and parking restrictions at various locations along the diversion route.

Highways England's intention is to keep traffic to main routes, and avoid eastbound and westbound traffic going the same route.

A Highways England spokesperson said the diversions had to be suitable for a similar amount of traffic to the normal route of the A64, such as HGVs as well as weekend motorists. Local authorities and affected residents had been notified. "There will be drivers who find their own routes but these are the diversions we are asking people to use," they said.

The work between Crambeck and Low Hutton - near Malton - is part of a £1.4m renewal scheme. To carry out the road reconstruction, workers will be digging up the road to depths of between 30cm and 80cm in order to replace the concrete base which makes up the foundation of the road. "Due to the depth of the repair that is needed this work can’t be done using lane or overnight closures. We have tried to avoid major local events where possible," says Highways England.

There are changes to Coastliner buses doe to the road closure: see here.