This story was published 22 August 2017

Work to replace the stone setts on the western side of Ripon Market Place is under way.

Work under way in Ripon

It began on 3 September and will involve a full road closure for eight weeks. The work will involve removing the existing blocks, excavating and reinstating the sub-surface and the reinstatement of the blocks. Some carriageway resurfacing will also be done.

The road closure will affect the western side of the Market Place and a diversion will be in operation.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive Member for Highways, said: ”We would like to assure residents and visitors that Ripon will be open for business during the work. We’ll do all we can to maintain access to properties and businesses and to keep disruption to a minimum.

“But the work is ultimately good news for Ripon as we have long received complaints that this side of the Market Place is unsightly in this historic city, and these improvements will remedy that.”

Councillor Stuart Martin, who represents the Ripon South division on the county council, said: "The road west of Market Place is in a poor condition and these repairs need to be carried out. There is never a good time to carry out major road repairs, but the important thing for the city is that the work is completed as quickly as possible to the highest possible standard, keeping disruption to traders, visitors and residents to an absolute minimum."

The diversion route will be signposted once work begins and details can be found on

Update: 16 October

Works completed this week include:

  • Blocks continue to be laid and grouted up, localised repairs have also taken place.

Works anticipated for this week include:

  • The remaining 90 square metres of block laying and sealant application is to be completed.

    The project remains on programme. Remaining works include surfacing, road markings and the introduction of studs.