Major safety improvements on A64 enter next phase - see how it will affect you

Major safety improvements along the A64 enter new phases this month.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 10:44 am
Updated Friday, 25th September 2020, 10:48 am
Map of the extent of the A64 road closure when implemented and the diversion route for drivers.

Highways England will carry out vital repairs and resurfacing on the road between Brambling Fields and Heslerton, as well as drainage improvement work between Sherburn and Ganton, to create safer, smoother journeys for the thousands of drivers who use the stretch of road every day.

The A64 route between the A1(M) and Eastfield, near Scarborough, has already seen huge improvements since March, as part of a £4m programme, building on £22m investment from last year.

Highways England project manager Chris Dunn said: “These latest improvements are a key phase of our commitment to make journeys along the A64 safer and more dependable.

“Ultimately, these improvement works will not only benefit the thousands of drivers who use the A64, but also the residents of the villages who live along this busy route.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we carry out this vital work to improve safety.”

Engineers will dig down 300mm to repair the foundation of the road between the villages of East and West Heslerton later this month to prevent potholes reappearing, and will carry out resurfacing between Brambling Fields and East Heslerton, introducing a high friction surface to boost safety.

The village gateways at East and West Heslerton will also be completed as part of this work

For the work to be done as safely and quickly as possible, closures will be in place between Station Road in West Heslerton and St Hilda’s Street in Sherburn over this weekend, Friday September 25 to Monday September 28, and Friday October 2 to Monday October 5, from 8pm on Fridays until 6am on Mondays.

Overnight (8pm to 6am) closures of the A64 between Brambling Fields and Scagglethorpe are also planned for four nights commencing on Monday.

Access will be maintained for residents living in the area during closures.

Anyone living outside of the closure points but needs to travel along the A64 can follow the clearly-signed diversion route.

The second phase of the Sherburn to Ganton drainage improvement work is due to start on Monday September 14.

The work will include renewing the drainage in the area which will help prevent flooding on the A64.

Work to install ‘village gateways’ is also continuing along the route and are expected to be completed between now and Christmas. This involves lowering the speed limit to 50mph through the villages, which will have gateway features such as 'Welcome to’, ‘Please drive carefully’ and speed limit signs, as well as extra signage and coloured surfacing.

Follow the Twitter account @highwaysYORKS for more. Further details here or by calling the Highways England Information Line on 0300 123 5000.