Drivers face huge 58-mile diversion as major roadworks set to shut A64 between Malton and York for a month

Drivers in Scarborough face a huge 58-mile diversion as a section of a major road is set to close for an entire month.

By George Buksmann
Friday, 29th October 2021, 4:47 pm
Resurfacing works will close the A64 at the Barr Lane junction between York and Malton. (Photo: Google)
Resurfacing works will close the A64 at the Barr Lane junction between York and Malton. (Photo: Google)

National Highways is set to carry out essential maintenance on the A64 between Barr Lane and Claxton as well as part of Scotchman Lane.

The maintenance work will see both carriageways resurfaced, new road markings painted, road studs replaced, and drainage work.

The A64 will be closed in both directions between York and Malton for an entire month with work starting on Monday November 1 and is due to be completed in early December, weather permitting.

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Drivers are advised to plan their route and allow for extra travel time as a 58-mile diversion will be in place, which has been agreed with police and North Yorkshire County Council, and will increase travel times by up to one hour and 30 minutes.

The official diversion route takes drivers heading west towards York off the A64 at Malton along the A169 to Pickering, along the A170 to Thirsk before joining the A19 south to York.

The road will be closed overnight from 8pm to 6am, Monday to Friday.

Richard Burgess, National Highways' Project Manager, said: "This work is essential to keep the A64 in a safe, smooth condition for drivers.

"For the safety of roadworkers and the public, we’ll need to close the A64 in both directions between Barr Lane to Claxton overnight from 8pm to 6am, Monday to Friday.  A fully signed diversion via the A169 and A170 will be in place which has been agreed in advance with the police and local authority.

"The diversion route has been planned to consider the needs of local communities and will extend journey times considerably so we’re advising road users to allow more time and plan their journeys in advance."