The Sowerby Gateway Junction Improvement Scheme allows for the formation of an improved junction of the A168 and the B1448 to the south of Thirsk, with the addition of two new slip roads to permit all movement access to both the northbound and southbound carriageways of the A168.
The scheme is a requirement of the planning conditions imposed as part of the multi-use Sowerby Gateway development and has been designed in close consultation with both Highways England and North Yorkshire County Council. The works will offer improved connectivity to the residents of Thirsk and the surrounding area, whilst also reducing travelling time, increasing journey time reliability and improving safety. Initial works outside of the adopted highway started in the spring and the second phase of the scheme, which affects the main highway began this month (July).
In order to carry out the work safely, the existing northbound exit slip road and the southbound entry slip roads will be closed at the junction of the A168 and B1448 until early 2019.
The work is being undertaken by North Midland Construction and has been designed Pell Frischmann on behalf of Taylor Wimpey.
Sowerby Gateway Junction Work Update
The contractors have provided us with the following update:
"Over the last few weeks we have progressed as planned and completed the remaining surfacing and street lighting/signage works for the scheme. Works on the A168 mainline are also complete with the exception of some minor landscaping and maintenance snagging. Unfortunately the wet weather this week has hindered the completion of road markings and also the completion of some landscaping areas - completion of these will now be undertaken early next week.
"Our focus during the next week is on inspection and approval of our completed work which will also include the relevant road safety audits prior to the new junction opening. Whilst these items are being signed off, we await the final meter install for the scheme’s street lighting, which is to be arranged and undertaken by an external contractor. Once this meter is installed, the new junction will be ready to open. We anticipate completion of this prior to the end of May.
"Thank you for your ongoing patience - we hope the next couple of weeks run smoothly and look forward to opening the new junction which we believe will greatly benefit the local area."
You can access all the Sowerby Gateway documents here.