Following signs of movement at Kex Gill on the A59 between Harrogate and Skipton, North Yorkshire County Council has closed the road. Further detailed inspections will be carried out as soon as possible tomorrow, Thursday, 31 May.

Kex Gill

The usual diversion is in place via Ilkley and Otley. The county council apologies for any inconvenience, but the safety of road users must be its priority.

The A59 is an important trans-Pennine route between Skipton and Harrogate, but has a history of instability and movement of the land at Kex Gill. Realigning the A59 at Kex Gill to the other side of the valley is part of the County Council’s strategic transport plan to improve east to west connections between the east coast and Humber ports and Lancashire. Following a public consultation focusing on proposals for this realignment last year, preferred options are to be considered later this year.

This story was published 30 May 2018