View our interactive map of roadworks, scheduled road closures and diversions.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

See details of road changes due to social distancing and active travel.

Current emergency road and bridge closures

During adverse weather conditions it is an ever changing situation on our roads. Please respect road closure signs and do not drive through flood water. 

Road Status
Footpath between St James Green and The Marage in Thirsk closed

Road closures during severe weather

During severe weather, our highway officers often have to close routes quickly for safety. They are likely to be particularly busy during the winter weather period. Their priority will be to keep main routes moving.

We will update information about main routes below where we can. We are unable to provide real time information for all roads across North Yorkshire due to the constantly changing situation.

We will post updates on our facebook page and Twitter feed. You can read our information about winter driving and you can keep an eye on our weather cameras.

Planned roadworks

You can view information about planned roadworks in our area using our interactive online map as well as via our twitter feed.

Our interactive map is searchable and shows details about dates, severity of impact, and who is responsible for the works. You can also sign up for email alerts for roadworks in your area too.

Launch interactive roadworks map

Motorways and trunk roads such as the A1, A1(M), M62, A66, A66(M), A64, A168 (Dishforth to Thirsk) and A19 (north of Thirsk) are the responsibility of Highways England. For travel updates on these roads, you can follow Highways England Yorkshire and Highways England North East on twitter.

Where to find updates about flooding

Frequently asked questions

Any work that is carried out on publicly maintained highway is governed by law. Codes of practice and guidelines cover inspections, safety, co-ordination of street works and specifications for reinstatements. 

Who is responsible for roadworks?

We are responsible for monitoring and co-ordinating roadworks to ensure public safety and reduce congestion and delays.

Sometimes, roadworks that are unforeseen will not be listed on our map if, for example, a utility company needs to undertake emergency repairs due to a power outage, a burst water main, or a gas leak.

Who checks the quality of roadworks?

There are eight streetworks inspectors working across the county. They monitor a proportion of all sites to ensure the work is being carried out safely and to national specifications; where there are problems, they are corrected.

You can sign up to email alerts using our roadworks map.

You can access the roadworks map here. Select the envelope icon on the left of the map, and complete the details requested. You will then receive alerts in your area at a frequency of your choosing.

There are many reasons why we may need to close a road - for maintenance and repairs, flooding, gas leaks, land slippage or events and street parties.

We can authorise road closures and diversions temporarily, for example to allow roadworks, or permanently, through what is called a 'stopping up order'. The police can also close roads for public safety reasons.

If a request is made for a road to be closed permanently we will make an application to the magistrates' court following consultation with statutory consultees and the local community. If a stopping up order is approved by the court, the land will revert back to whoever owned the land before it became a public highway.

We encourage events that residents will enjoy, as well as those designed to attract tourists.

However, any event that causes disruption to traffic must be carefully managed to minimise congestion. This may require a temporary traffic regulation order, for which we require three months' advance notice. It's advisable to contact us to discuss event traffic management plans at least six months before the event. 

  • We must be notified of small street parties for friends and neighbours but no licence is required for these.
  • We must also be told about larger, publicised events open to the public, such as: cycle races; marches; demonstrations; and protests, as licences are required for these.

Small street parties

We have created a  guide and application form for organising a street party (doc / 158 KB), in those instances where a road closure would not result in any diverted traffic. Organising small, private street parties is simple and, providing alcohol is not sold and entertainment is not provided, licences will not be needed.

Larger events

A larger event or a street party proposed on a through road, i.e. a road which may access other streets, requires a more detailed process. 

Any event that may have an impact on traffic, regardless of whether the event is actually taking place on the highway or not, will require the event organiser to apply for a temporary traffic regulation order.

This must be applied for at least three months before the event start date to allow for signing to be placed on the road (by suitably qualified persons) and may allow roads to be closed or temporary traffic signals to be erected.

You can use our  events planning protocol (pdf / 356 KB) for guidance on planning a larger event.

Making an application

To make an application for a temporary road closure or restriction for the purpose of holding an event, please download and complete the  event on the highway application form (docx / 462 KB). The document contains guidance notes to assist you. Please return the form to our customer services centre.

Fees and charges

The legal process required to close a road to traffic carries a charge. View our  list of fees and charges for 2016-17 (pdf / 253 KB).


It is the responsibility of the event organiser to make sure the event is planned and held safely and with minimum disruption to other highway users. See event safety from the Health and Safety Executive for guidance.