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Long awaited junction opens

Published on Monday, 3rd June 2019

Sowerby junction opens

The long awaited Sowerby Junction will open to traffic overnight tonight (Monday June 3).

The new £6.5 million junction with the A168 is part of the infrastructure stipulated within planning permission for the new homes at Sowerby Gateway. 

Local district councillor – and leader of Hambleton District Council - Mark Robson said:

“We have waited a long time for this junction.  It is going to make a massive difference to people living on the new Sowerby Gateway estate as well as to Sowerby and Thirsk in general.

“We have suffered months of disruption while this work has been underway with all traffic having to come through the town centre.   Now we have a new way into and out of Sowerby which will open up this side of the town where we have new houses, shops, hotel and a sports village.”

Paul Arnold, Technical Director, of Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire, added: “At Taylor Wimpey we pride ourselves on not just delivering high quality homes but creating and enhancing both new and existing communities. We’re proud to have played a part in the delivery of this key new infrastructure which will provide benefits to the village of Sowerby and the wider Thirsk area for many years to come.”

And Erica Bell, Technical/Interim Sales and Marketing Director at Linden Homes, said: “This vastly improved access to the A168 will be bring significant benefits to Sowerby and Thirsk together with the surrounding areas.  It has been funded by our exciting nearby residential development being built at Mowbray View, Thirsk by Linden Homes.”

The junction was due to be opened last month (May), but was delayed due to the late fitting of an electrical meter by Highways England’s energy supplier, which allows them to be charged for the energy that the lights use. That work was completed yesterday (June 3) allowing the road network to open overnight.  The road has been constructed by NMCM in conjunction with Highways England and extends the current interchange into a multi directional junction.