York & North Yorkshire

Landslip causes A59 road closure in North Yorkshire

A section of road in North Yorkshire has been closed due to a landslip caused by stormy weather.

The A59 will be closed at Kexgill, Blubberhouses for the majority of the week.

Experts from North Yorkshire County Council discovered a dry stone wall had fallen on to the road due to pressure from a landslip.

They said storms and rain had uprooted trees on the hill behind, dislodging a thin layer of peat.

Work being carried out by highway contractors is expected to be completed by Friday evening and the road reopened.

A diversion has been set up to take traffic from Harrogate to Otley along the A65 through Ilkley and Addingham to Skipton.

North Yorkshire County Council said it planned a major improvement scheme costing approximately £500,000 to the slopes alongside the A59 at Kexgill.

It is scheduled for next year.

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