Work to deliver a £2.2m road upgrading programme at Catterick Garrison has begun.
The scheme is a joint programme between North Yorkshire and Richmondshire councils.
The aim of the programme is to enable extensive town and housing development in Catterick Garrison, which is Richmondshire's growing town, housing one of the UK's largest military bases, and to secure employment growth for the area.
The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership has provided £1.6m towards this major investment, with £400,000 coming from the county council and £200,000 from the district council.
What the works involve
The works provide much-needed junction improvements along the A6136 to help create 1,900 new homes and hundreds of jobs as well as key transport links and fast access to and from the A1 and the region's major cities.
The highways works consist of three schemes:
- a major upgrade of the signalised junction at White Shops;
- a change in priority at Catterick Bridge junction; and
- a signal upgrade at Scorton Crossroads.
The White Shops upgrade scheme started in September 2016. However, the White Shops programme of works has been significantly affected by utility diversions; this work is currently ongoing and a weekly update is being added below.
The two other schemes at Catterick Bridge and Scorton Crossroads are largely complete. Some further resurfacing and lining works are required at Catterick Bridge junction and will coincide with the completion of the A1 upgrade.
The three schemes provide a package of road junction improvements along the A6136 corridor to improve traffic flow between the A1, Colburn and a modern Catterick Garrison town centre.
These road improvements will increase the capacity of the A6136, and will address known concerns of local communities and open up additional potential for the area's growing economy.
White Shops (Catterick Road) improvement scheme - week ending 15 September 2017
|Company / organisation||Progress|
|Ministry of Defence||Work completed|
|Northern Powergrid||Work completed|
|Northern Gas Network||Work completed|
|BT||BT are currently off site. They plan to return during week commencing 18 September to carry out a small section of cable lowering and junction box work on the north side, outside the shops. The relocation of the existing pole outside the shops will be synchronised with other works in that area. BT works are accommodated within the current programme completion date.|
North Yorkshire County Council improvement works
Proposed completion date: 24 November 2017
Signage has been enhanced in relation to HGV access to Hipswell and the signs have been erected on the A6136. Additional signage in the form of advisory ‘max speed 20mph’ signs have also been erected. This location will be monitored and, if required, further advisory signs can be investigated. The feedback on these signs has been positive and that they have had an impact. Monitoring of the locations and whether they can be relocated over the remaining period is still being considered if their effectiveness is reduced.
Works are continuing to make good progress and keeping to the programme schedule. On the south side, the kerbing work is progressing well and the surfacing work started on 13 September. Once complete, it is proposed that traffic will be switched during week commencing 18 September to allow the main works to progress on the north side, however this is weather dependent.
Temporary closures and relocation of the bus stop will continue as necessary to ensure safe passage of pedestrians whilst the main carriageway widening is carried out. Every effort will be made to minimise the duration of this closure and to reopen the bus stop as soon as it is safe to do so.
Temporary pedestrian diversions remain in place for safe passage through the works area.
We are continually discussing the overall impact of any works and should there be any change to the completion date this will be communicated via the weekly update.
The free shuttle bus is still running and will continue to do so while the work is ongoing.
Richmondshire District Council has confirmed that parking charges are suspended allowing free parking in the car park on Vicarage Road throughout the construction period.
The traffic management within the Albermarle estate consisting of cones and signs in an attempt reduce the speed of traffic is still in place along with the additional signage.
The length of traffic signals on the main road has been reduced to improve the vehicle flow. This is a temporary measure until works recommence in these areas and any change will be communicated through the weekly updates.