Extensive maintenance scheme to begin on Sutton Bank

This story was published 24 August 2022

Sutton Bank on the A170 between Helmsley and Thirsk is set to undergo the most extensive maintenance programme in its recent history.

Extensive maintenance on Sutton Bank will take place in September.

Our highways teams will survey the entire slope, stabilise the south hairpin bend to prevent landslips and carry out essential maintenance on the rock face to prevent any falls.

Due to the scale of the scheme, a full road closure will be in place from 7am on Sunday, 11 September, until 7pm on Sunday, 2 October.

Executive member for highways and transportation, Cllr Keane Duncan, said: “These major works on Sutton Bank will ensure that it remains structurally sound and hopefully reduce the need for longer closures in future.

“Our annual maintenance scheme usually takes a week, so we appreciate the added disruption that the extended timescale will cause. We ask the public for their understanding and co-operation while the work is ongoing.”

Cllr Alyson Baker, member for the Hillside and Raskelf division, said: “The A170 is a key strategic route across the county, so it is essential to make sure it is safe and fit for future traffic demands.

“The short-term disruption of this annual maintenance scheme is outweighed by the long-term benefits. We are asking road users to familiarise themselves with the official diversion route and allow extra time for journeys.”

For the second year, the diversion will not follow the caravan route and instead the route is:

  • A19 south from Thirsk to York Ring Road
  • east along York Ring Road to junction with A64
  • north on A64, joining A169 to Pickering, and back onto the A170

Access to homes on Sutton Bank will be maintained whenever possible. However, due to the nature of the works there may be times when access is restricted.

On 21 and 22 September, road maintenance will also take place on the A170 Sutton Road between Felixkirk Road and Moor Lane. Access to Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe will be maintained, but road users are being warned of delays.

Our roadworks map has further information including details of the diversion.