Improvement works to start on A1079 around Market Weighton

Improvements costing £1.6million will be carried out to a 12-mile stretch of the A1079 Hull to York road around the town of Market Weighton.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council contractors will begin work on Monday 20 June to resurface a length of the road between the Deepdale lay-by (Highgate junction) and Barmby Moor.

The scheme is planned to take 15 weeks and is due to be complete by early October.

The scheme will be carried out in four separate phases, and most of the work will be carried out overnight to lessen the impact on traffic.

Phase one
The first phase of the scheme will involve the resurfacing of the A1079 between the Deepdale lay-by (Highgate junction) and Arras Hill, beginning on Monday 20 June and lasting four weeks.

The work will be carried out overnight between 7pm and 6am, Monday to Friday.

This stretch of the A1079 will remain open throughout the scheme, although traffic signals will be in place and a convoy system will be used during periods of work.

There will be overnight closures in place at the Gardham crossroads and the Sancton crossroads, and diversions will be in place.

Phase two
The second phase will see the resurfacing of the Market Weighton bypass from the Holme Road roundabout to the Shiptonthorpe roundabout, carried out over two weeks.

That stretch of road will be closed to traffic during that time to ensure the work is done as quickly and safely as possible.

Diversions will be in place between the two roundabouts via Holme Road south, Market Weighton Road and the A614 Shipton Lane.

Phase three
The third phase will involve the resurfacing of the A1079 road between Drakes Garage and Hayton, including the York-bound section of the Hayton dual carriageway only. This will take between four and five weeks.

Phase four
The final phase will see resurfacing work on the A1079 near to Barmby Moor, taking three to four weeks.

Dave Waudby, head of infrastructure and facilities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We apologise in advance for any delays or disruption this scheme will cause, but these are necessary improvements to a very busy stretch of road.

“Our contractors will be carrying out the majority of the work overnight to try to minimise the inconvenience to motorists.

“When it is complete road users will see an improvement as the new surface is designed to be quieter and improve tyre grip.

“We would like to thank residents, businesses and motorists for their patience while this work is carried out.”

The A1079 road improvement scheme will be the first to be funded following the council’s successful £16.7 million bid through the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund to the Department for Transport.

This extra funding will be used on a programme of works to improve the condition of ‘A’ roads in the East Riding over the next five years.

Councillor Andy Burton, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for planning, highways and transportation, said: “Thanks to its successful bid for funding, the council will be able to improve this stretch of the A1079 and other important ‘A’ roads across the area.

“Motorists, residents and businesses will see the benefits for years to come.”

The work on the A1079 scheme will be carried out by council contractors Britcon (UK) Ltd, based in Lincolnshire.

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