MP says Kex Gill closure is "a nightmare"

MP says Kex Gill closure is "a nightmare"

Published at 6:03am 18th January 2016. (Updated at 5:06pm 18th January 2016)

Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith has called for the A59 at Kex Gill to be reopened as quickly as possible.

The road was closed after significant movement and substantial cracks were detected on the hillside following heavy rain.

Work to drain water is due to start today, but it could take up to six weeks to complete.

Local businesses have raised concerns about the impact of the road closure.

Mr Smith, who visited Kex Gill on Friday, told Stray FM: "This is a nightmare for users generally, local residents and for many of my constituents. The road is the key road for the area.

"I think the council was right to shut it. We've seen the risk factors of this hill and the potential for rocks and land slippage onto the road.

"I'll be talking to the council regularly to see how we can move this work quicker and ensure the road gets opened up.

"I've also raised questions from local residents who are very, very concerned about business access and also access to their homes.

"Longer term, what I'll be focusing on with ministers in London is how we try to look at the financing of something for this area that can provide for the road an alternative to basically hugging the very, very difficult slope and terrain. That's obviously going to be a lot of money, that will be a longer term project, but this level of disruption which has happened before is not sustainable.

"That's going to be my goal, shorter term, to make sure that both local residents get access and that we get it opened as quickly as possible."