Junction upgrade timetable for Catterick extended

North Yorkshire County Council, the authority which has responsibility for roads, has been in touch with an update and apology about the ongoing road upgrade at Catterick.

In a press release the authority says:

The timetable for the final phase of a £1.6m scheme to upgrade roads around Catterick Garrison to enable housing development and economic growth has been extended.

Work began at the junction of Catterick Road, Byng Road and Horne Road in September. Byng Road and Horne Road have been closed at the A6136 junction to accommodate the work.

While on site, the contractors have found additional utilities that were not previously identified by utility companies. This means it is now necessary to divert or protect more utility cables. To do this safely, the programme has been extended, with completion now expected in early March.

North Yorkshire County Council will continue to work with all contractors involved to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. The free shuttle bus service will continue to be provided between Hipswell village and Tesco Catterick while the roads are closed.

The work is the final stage of improvements across three junctions that will help to create 1,900 new homes and hundreds of jobs based on a modern Catterick Garrison town centre, as well as improving transport links and fast access to the upgraded A1 motorway and the region’s major cities. Improvements at Catterick Bridge and complementary measures at Scorton crossroads were completed earlier this year. The junction resurfacing and lining will take place at Catterick Bridge next year to coincide with the re-opening of Fort Bridge, currently closed as part of Highway England’s A1 upgrade.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “We apologise for any further inconvenience caused by this unavoidable extension to the works. However, when complete, this major project will provide a package of upgrades along the A6136 corridor that will improve traffic flow between the A1, Colburn and a modern Catterick Garrison town centre. Increasing the capacity of the A6136 will help to support Catterick’s potential for growth.”

Updates about progress with the work and traffic management will be posted online atwww.northyorks.gov.uk/transportschemes.