Contractor to remedy failed pothole repairs

The remedial programme of road repairs in Harrogate and Knaresborough is scheduled to last six weeks. (110119M2c)
The remedial programme of road repairs in Harrogate and Knaresborough is scheduled to last six weeks. (110119M2c)

Failed road repairs carried out in Harrogate and Knaresborough over the winter are set to be fixed by the county council’s contractor.

A number of sites, including some from the initial extensive repair programme undertaken between October 2011 and February 2012, have been identified as requiring further work.

North Yorkshire County Council's executive member for highways, Coun Gareth Dadd.

North Yorkshire County Council's executive member for highways, Coun Gareth Dadd.

North Yorkshire County Council has announced that over six weeks, from August 20, Aggregate Industries – the contractor for the original works – will be repairing areas of failed surfacing across the towns and will be meeting the cost of these repairs in full.

County Coun John Batt (Knaresborough) said: “It is very unfortunate this work is having to be redone, but we have to make sure our roads are maintained in the best possible condition.

“Thankfully this will not fall on the taxpayer – we have made sure that the cost is met by the contractor who carried out the work in the first place.”

As previously, the majority of the works will be carried out during the evening to reduce disruption to road users.

The county council consulted widely when the original works were undertaken and so the timetable for the remedial work is based on those agreements.

Coun Gareth Dadd, the county council’s executive member for highways, said: “We would like to thank the public in advance for their patience and understanding and the county council has worked very closely with the contractor to ensure that disruption during the repair works is kept to a minimum.

“However, it is crucial these roads are restored to our expected standard of resurfacing.”

Aggregate Industries has admitted some of its winter repairs did not meet its normal standards and has moved to reassure residents that it intends to keep any disruption to a minimum during the six weeks of repairs.

A company spokesman said: “We need to revisit works carried out in Harrogate and Knaresborough that have not met our normal high quality standard.

“We are pleased to have a good relationship with North Yorkshire County Council and we will be working with it to ensure disruption to commuters is kept to a minimum while the works are taking place. We apologise for all inconvenience caused.”

Sites for repair include York Road, Knaresborough, between August 20 - 22, from 9am - 4pm, when temporary traffic lights will be in place.

There will also be road closures in force at the following sites:

l Wetherby Road, Harrogate (between Rudding Lane and Sainsbury’s): August 23 - 24, 10pm - 6am.

l Wetherby Road, Harrogate (between Hookstone Drive and the Empress roundabout): August 30 - 31, 7pm - midnight.

l Cold Bath Road, Harrogate: September 3 - 6, 7pm - midnight. Parking suspended.

l York Place, Harrogate: September 7, 7pm - midnight.

l Victoria Avenue, Harrogate: September 7 - 10, 7pm - midnight. Parking suspended.

l Kings Road, Harrogate: September 10 - 17, 7pm - midnight. Parking suspended, temporary lights on Skipton Road.

l Knaresborough Road, Harrogate: September 18 -27, 7pm - midnight (other than around level crossing when working hours are 11pm - 6am). There will be a taxi replacement for the bus service in operation.