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New junction on target

Published on Wednesday, 6th February 2019

Pictured from left to right are: Councillor Mark Robson, Geoff Poyzer (NMCN Managing Director), Mark Qualter and Matt Davis (NMCN), Robert Moyle (NMCN Chairman) and Councillor Peter Bardon.
Pictured from left to right: Councillor Mark Robson, Geoff Poyzer (NMCN Managing Director), Mark Qualter and Matt Davis (NMCN), Robert Moyle (NMCN Chairman) and Councillor Peter Bardon.

A new £6.5 million junction to serve the Sowerby Gateway development close to Thirsk is on schedule to open this Spring.

The new roadway off the A168 is part of the infrastructure stipulated when planning permission for the new homes was granted.

Leader of Hambleton District Council, Councillor Mark Robson and his fellow Sowerby ward councillor, Councillor Peter Bardon visited the works this week to get an update on the scheme.

"Everything seems to be progressing well and on target to be completed this spring,” said Cllr Robson (pictured left)

“The new junction is going to make a huge difference to the people of Thirsk and Sowerby as they travel into and out of the town.

“The contractor is working hard to minimise disturbance to the residents during the work and thanks them for their patience and co-operation.”

The Embankment filling operation and also the laying of stone layers to the foundations of the new road adjacent to the northbound side of the A168 are now complete. Before the Christmas break, initial surfacing operations were undertaken on the main sections of carriageway adjacent to the southbound side of the A168 and the installation of street lighting in this area began.

With the exception of the carriageway gulleys, the installation of the new drainage systems adjacent to the northbound carriageway are complete and the installation of kerbing has started. Bulk top soiling works are underway on both the northbound and southbound sides in readiness for the final landscaping works.

The works at the tie of the new roundabout to the B1448 are progressing as programmed, with the installation of drainage gullies and ducting underway.

The junction is being constructed by NMCN in conjunction with Highways England and will extend the current interchange into a multi-directional junction.