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Major improvements for Hawes traffic system

Friday 02 January 2004

NORTH YORKSHIRE County Council is about to start major roadworks in Hawes, the first package of schemes linked to the town's traffic management strategy.

This is a comprehensive five-year programme of schemes to provide a better environment for pedestrians; improve facilities for cyclists and public transport users; and improve road safety, parking and loading arrangements.

The aim of the project is to improve traffic flow through this important Dales market town.

Work will start on Monday, January 19, and will affect:

  • Brunt Acres Road at Brandymires. Construction of a new footway. This work is expected to start on January 19 for completion by February 13. A road closure will be required to allow the work to be constructed safely.
  • Brunt Acres Road at Haylands Bridge. Reconstruction of retaining wall. This work is expected to follow on after the Brandymires footway works and take about two months to complete. Temporary traffic lights will be required to allow the work to be constructed safely.
  • Penny Garth car park to Gayle Lane car park. Construction of new ramped footpath linking the two car parks. This work is expected to start in next month for completion by March 26. There will be times when some spaces in these car parks are not available for public use, and there will be some occasions when the existing footpath linking the two car parks will be closed for a few hours to allow construction of the new path.
  • Westbound - part of the A684 one-way system in Hawes between Town Foot and Market Place. Introduction of 20mph zone, widening of footways, relaying of the granite setts that form the road surface, and reconstruction of road foundations in some areas. This work is expected to start next month for completion by May 28. A road closure will be required to allow the work to be constructed safely. The road will be reopened to through traffic during the holiday periods April 3-18 inclusive; May 1-3 and May 29-June 6 inclusive. When the road is closed two-way traffic will operate along the eastbound part of the one-way system with temporary traffic lights between Market Place and The Holme/Penn Lane.

A public meeting is to be held on Thursday, January 15 between 9-10:30am at the National Park Visitor Centre in Hawes. This will be an opportunity for local people to meet representatives from the county council, the contractor Raynesway Construction Southern (RCS), and the council's consultant Mouchel Parkman. The local county councillor John Blackie will also be present.

Councillor Peter Sowray, the county council's executive member for environmental services, said: "Officers will be pleased to discuss the proposals and to answer questions. The contractor is appointing a full time traffic management liaison officer who will be on site every day.

"The liaison officer will be at the meeting and it will be his job to ensure that, as far as possible, disruption is minimised and arrangements are made in advance for those occasions when access to properties and businesses is essential.

"These works will involve digging up road and footway surfaces, and it will sometimes be necessary to provide temporary accesses to some houses, shops and businesses. We would ask the public to bear with us while the works are in progress, we will do our best to minimise disturbance and nuisance. For your safety, please keep out of the construction areas, and keep children away from the site.

"Our site staff will be pleased to help residents if there are any problems as a result of these works."


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