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Coring underway at A59 ground movement site

North Yorkshire County Council has said that it will consider reopening the A59 at Kex Gill next week following completion of ground investigation work.

a59 kex gill coring

a59 kex gill coring

Coring work on site is expected to be completed by the end of this week

The road was closed on 30 May after ground movement was detected at the site and coring equipment has been brought onto site this week to undertake further investigations.

The road has been closed a number of times due to landslide activity and consultation work is currently underway to reroute the road. However, the council has said that the current movement is below the road level and not above as has been the case in previous ground movement events at the site.

North Yorkshire County Council executive member for Highways Don Mackenzie said: “Unlike earlier closures, this one is not caused by instability in the slope above the highway. It appears to be caused by instability below the highway. It is a complex situation and we need to have a complete picture before finalising a way ahead. However, it is a top priority of the county council to fix this problem and to reopen the road as quickly as possible.

“We fully understand the disruption caused to local residents and businesses by this closure, but the safety of the travelling public is our primary concern, so it’s essential that the A59 remains closed at Kex Gill while these further investigations are carried out.

“Realigning this stretch of the A59 to provide a permanent solution is integral to our transport strategy for the county and work towards this is well under way.”

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