Major road improvements in Harrogate and Knaresborough

14 October 2011

A major programme of road works to repair the ravages of last winter will get under way in Harrogate and Knaresborough next month.

Between October and February North Yorkshire County Council will be carrying out extensive repairs and resurfacing schemes to the value of £2 million across the Harrogate and Knaresborough area following last winter’s damage to the highway network.

Exact dates for each scheme are yet to be confirmed but the sites concerned have been finalised, as well as time restrictions on working time at each location.

Highways officers have been working closely with representatives from Harrogate Borough Council, the Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce and local bus and taxi companies to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum for highway users. Although there will inevitably be some inconvenience to motorists these are substantial works which will extend the life of the existing roads and reduce the need for future repairs.

County Councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways said:

This is a major undertaking to restore road surfaces to top quality condition after the damage caused by last winter. Our contractors will do everything possible to minimise disruption for motorists, residents and local businesses and to complete the work in good time.


County Councillor Don Mackenzie and Harrogate Borough Council leader said:

I am very pleased that North Yorkshire County Council has been able to secure this funding, which is much needed to improve the condition of several roads in Harrogate and Knaresborough damaged after the last two severe winters. The county’s highways officers have worked closely with the borough council and other key road users to ensure that disruption during the repair works is kept to a minimum, and this is much appreciated


The sites included for repair are as follows:


  • Wetherby Road (various sections between Rudding Lane and the Empress roundabout)

17 Oct 2011 – 3 Nov 2011

Nights – 19:00 to 00:00 residential and 22:00 to 06:00 non-residential, Rudding Lane to Sainsbury’s

  • Woodfield Road (Elm Road to Alder Road)

24 Oct 2011 – 28 Oct 2011

Days – between 07:30 and 19:00

  • Victoria Avenue (Queens Road to Station Parade)

3 Nov 2011 – 10 Nov 2011

Nights – 18:00 to 00:00

  • Knaresborough Road (Empress roundabout to Spa Lane)

7 Nov 2011 – 30 Nov 2011

Nights -19:00 to 00:00

  • York Road, Knaresborough (from Chain Lane to roundabout with A658)

One section: 14 Nov 2011 – 18 Nov 2011

Second section: 22 Nov 2011 – 8 Dec 2011

Days – 09:00 to 16:00

  • Kings Road (from Coppice Drive to A59 Skipton Road)

15 Nov 2011 – 5 Dec 2011

Nights – 19:00 to 00:00

  • York Place (Oatlands Drive to the Prince of Wales roundabout)

1 Dec 2011 – 9 Dec 2011

Nights – 19:00 to 00:00

  • Knox Avenue (full length)

12 Dec 2011 – 22 Dec 2011

Days – between 07:30 and 19:00

  • Dene Park (full length)

15 Dec 2011 – 23 Dec 2011

Days – between 07:30 and 19:00

  • Cold Bath Road (from Manor Road to Montpellier Hill roundabout)

9 Jan 2012 – 1 February 2012

Nights – 18:00 to 00:00

  • Greenfields Road (full length)

9 Jan 2012 – 13 Jan 2012

Days – between 07:30 and 19:00

  • Sandhill Drive (full length)

16 Jan 2012 – 25 Jan 2012

Days – between 07:30 and 19:00

  • Duchy Road (from A61 Ripon Road to Kent Avenue)

23 Jan 2012 – 30 Jan 2012

Days – between 07:30 and 19:00




  1. Why is it the powers of B wait until the worst 4 months of the year to carry out repairs to roads only to find out they have to re do them when the frost and snow gets to it they amuse me

  2. It would appear that they have very little common sense at all; whilst there is acknowledgement on this site that the damage to highways from winter last year (2010) is still evident today, the Council fail to acknowledge this and take responsibility for damage to my car whilst travelling on sub standard roads within their control. I travel the A59 from Harrogate to Skipton daily and suffered damage to my car prior to the road closure in July, the Council and their Insurers fail to acknowledge the dis-repair of the highway and pay the claim circa £90.00. I encourage anybody who travels this route on a regular basis to post comments surrounding the state of the road prior to its closure.

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