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Heavy rain causes road closure

Heavy rain causes road closure

Published at 5:22pm 5th January 2016. (Updated at 4:45pm 6th January 2016)

Part of the A59 between Harrogate and Skipton is closed for safety reasons.

North Yorkshire County Council says recent heavy rain has caused "significant" movement at Kex Gill and resulted in "substantial" cracks on the hillside.

A geotechnical engineer has carried out a detailed inspection of the ground and the road will remain closed until the results of the survey have been carefully examined.

In recent years, there have been landslips on this stretch of road during bad weather.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Highways, said: "We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause to road users, however, safety on the highway must be our greatest priority.

"We constantly monitor this area and in the past have undertaken major works to stabilise this slope. It now needs urgent and detailed investigation by our expert engineers.

"As part of our strategic transport plan, we have put forward proposals for a major realignment at Kex Gill in order to create an A59 route on the other side of the slope."

A diversion route has been signposted between Harrogate and Skipton.