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Transport Minister backs Kex Gill improvement plans

Transport Minister backs Kex Gill improvement plans

Published at 3:50pm 8th February 2016. (Updated at 1:01pm 9th February 2016)

Plans to realign the A59 at Kex Gill are being made a top priority.

North Yorkshire's highways bosses say the ongoing road closure between Harrogate and Skipton is proving too costly and inconvenient for everyone affected.

More heavy rain means that further work is needed to stabilise the hillside and the road will now remain closed until the second week of March.

It's currently estimated that realignment work would cost around £33 million.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones, who is also MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, said: "I do think it is something they should consider. It is a long-standing problem - they did big work at Kex Gill only a few years ago.

"The rainfall we've had around Christmas and New Year was unprecedented, but we need to think that these sorts of things might well happen again, and we don't want to see the road closed again for weeks.

"The long-term solution may well be to relocate it, but it's not an easy road to relocate - far from it.

"They're right to ask these questions, but the key thing now is to get this short-term work done and get that road open, so the local communities are connected again."

Progress reports on the work will be posted at www.northyorks.gov.uk/kexgill