Final phase of bypass reconstruction to start

This story was published 24 July 2017

Work on the final phase of the reconstruction of Selby bypass is due to start in August.

Selby bypass

This will complete a three-phase scheme by North Yorkshire County Council carried out over the past three years to ensure the town has the bypass it needs to support its economic future.

Work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, 9 August. The anticipated completion date is 13 October. However, the contractor will look at the possibility of extended working, such as night working, to shorten the timescale. The contractor is Cemex, who worked successfully with the County Council on phase two of the scheme last year.

The final phase of the bypass from the A19 Brayton roundabout to the Thorpe Willoughby roundabout work involves deep repair and reinstatement of the carriageway. This phase will incorporate a stress-absorbing membrane into the reconstruction to bring greater stability to the final structure. The nature of the work requires the bypass to be closed along the stretch under reconstruction.

During the road closure there will be local and separate HGV diversions.

Other sections to be resurfaced in this final phase of the bypass reconstruction are:

  • Greencore roundabout and a stretch of the A63 towards Osgodby roundabout. A road closure is required and a short local diversion will be in place. The work will be completed during the school holidays because there is a primary school on the diversion route;
  • East Common Lane, which will be done under a road closure with a local diversion via Abbots Road; and
  • A63 from the Thorpe Willoughby roundabout going towards Hambleton over the railway bridge, which will be done under two-way temporary traffic signals.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways, said: “This is the final stage of a project that local people campaigned for over several years. It will ensure Selby has a bypass fit for purpose to support the town’s economic growth.

“Members of the public were very patient during the first two phases, for which we are very grateful. We thank local people in advance for their continued patience during this final phase.

“We have committed ourselves to carrying out the work this year rather than wait another year and risk further deterioration of the road. The August start date is intended to ensure the work can be completed before the onset of significant winter weather.

“We will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum. Signage will make it clear that Selby is open for business as usual and the diversion routes will direct heavy traffic away from the town centre. If people can adjust their journeys to avoid peak times or consider alternative transport, especially for local journeys, we would encourage them to do so.”

Phase one of the scheme covered the A1041 Bawtry Road to the A19 at Barlby, and the second covered the A63 between and including the A19 Brayton roundabout and A1041 Wishing Well roundabout and their approaches.

There is a £3m budget for the final phase of the bypass. The combined cost of the earlier phases was £5.2m. Discussions about responsibility for funding the repairs continue with Highways England, which was responsible for the original bypass construction in 2004. The road was handed over to the County Council in 2009.

Advanced notice signs will advise motorists of the area of closure, and the diversion routes around the works will be clearly signed. Details of the diversion routes will also be available at Every effort will be made to discourage traffic from using unsuitable routes. Once work is under way, regular updates will be carried on the County Council’s website,

  • A public drop-in session will be held at the County Council’s highways depot at Canal Road, Selby (next to the fire station) on Friday, 28 July, from 9am to noon. This will be a chance for local businesses, farmers and residents to meet the contractor and ask questions about the work. Anyone is welcome to drop in, but anyone requiring more information can call Highways Customer Communications Officer Sharon Fox on 01609 535079.

Update: 25 August

The bypass work continues to progress on schedule, with Greencore expected to be completed next week.

The temporary traffic signals will be removed again tonight for the Bank Holiday weekend, which will allow for two-way traffic around the roundabout and alleviate congestion.

On Tuesday, resurfacing work will start on East Common Lane, a local diversion is in place and the contractors have agreed access arrangements with local businesses.

So far 12,020 tonnes - 601 lorry loads - has been planed out and removed from the site. New road courses laid tonnage equates to 2,900 tonnes so far.