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Scarborough Cut Off as A64 Closes Completely Over Weekend

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Anyone hoping to make the most of what's tipped to be the hottest October on record with a trip to Scarborough this weekend, may be forced to reconsider.

The A64, which is the main route in and out of the town, will be closed completely by the Highways Agency at Rillington from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Monday.

The closure is to allow essential resurfacing work to take place as the current road surface is 'life expired' and is in need of replacing.

Those who are travelling to the coast will be diverted via the A169 to Pickering and then on to Scarborough via the A170.

On paper the diversion should only add around 10 minutes to journey times but with all traffic being diverted through several villages - including Snainton, Brompton and Ayton - in reality this could be considerably more.

On the plus side the resurfacing work will not only prolong the life of the carriageway, it will also provide a safer and smoother road surface, enhance the 'reflectivity' of road markings and help improve road safety.

Highways Agency project manager, Steven Wright, said:

"This work will provide a safer and smoother road surface along this section of the A64. This work has to take place over a weekend due to the depth of carriageway which needs to be resurfaced. If the work was carried out overnight the tarmac would not have sufficient time to cool before the road re-opened. We will also be able to carry out noisy operations during the day which will cause less disruption to residents."

"To minimise disruption to drivers we have carefully planned the work to take place outside of the summer holidays. The diversion route has been agreed with the local authority and has been used successfully for previous schemes in this area. We have also been in contact with local bus services advising them of the closure."

Following the closure further work will take place overnight, between 8pm and 6am with temporary traffic lights in operation. The work is due to be completed on 10 October.

For more information you can contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000. For details of the Bus Schedule during this time contact Coastliner on 01653 692 556 or by emailing enquire@​coastliner.​co.​uk

Main photo by The Local People Photo Archive on Flickr

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  1. Just wanted to check that the a64 will be closed after Malton, as I am travelling from Leeds to Malton on Saturday and want to make sure i can still get there

    1. Yes, the road is closed at Rillington, which is after Malton so you should be fine.

  2. Why pick the weekend of the Scarborough 10K race, this is an ever growing popular event with many serious runners training for months before hand

    1. McCain Yorkshire Coast 10km is on 12th October 2014. The work is expected to be completed before then. It is however the weekend of Scarborough Surf Festival.

  3. The Scarborough 10K race brings many people and therefore money to Scarborough at an otherwise quiet time

    1. McCain Yorkshire Coast 10km is on 12th October 2014.

  4. Scarborough is not cut off. Over exaggerated. There is a coordinated diversion in place.


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