Public urged for patience over Thirsk footpath closure

This story was published 4 October 2021

A permanent solution is being drawn up to repair the footpath connecting St James Green with Marage Road in Thirsk which is in danger of collapsing into the river.

Marage Road in Thirsk

In May, we closed the public right of way after reports of cracks and movement of the pavement.

Inspections revealed that the route has been severely affected by river erosion to the retaining wall, damaging and reducing the structural integrity of the iron footbridge as well as the path leading to it.

Following extensive surveys our Countryside and Access Service are considering a number of solutions before repair work can be carried out. A date of when the route will be reopened cannot yet be confirmed.

County Councillor Gareth Dadd, who represents the Thirsk division, said: “We recognise the inconvenience the closure continues to cause to the local community; however, public safety is paramount. This is why we are taking the opportunity to urge residents to respect the closure as we work to find a solution.

“Reopening the route is our number one priority, however the situation is complex and requires a multi-agency response. Please be assured that we are pulling out all of the stops to get a solution in place as quickly and cost effectively as possible.”

Users of the route are being diverted via Bridge Street, approximately an additional 200m distance to access St James Green.