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Bishopthorpe Road closure for investigative works

Published Monday, 3 October 2022

City of York Council will be carrying out emergency works on Bishopthorpe Road from Monday 17 October.

This follows a ‘dip’ (depression) appearing on Bishopthorpe Road, which has been identified at the section of the road between Vine Street and Ebor Street, near to the traffic lighted pedestrian crossing, next to Thomas the Baker.

At this early stage it's believed that the cause of the dip is an old tramway under the road which is settling. Due to the substantial construction of the highway in this area, it is unlikely the depression will dip further prior to the planned excavation works, and the area is being monitored for any changes.

We appreciate this may look alarming for anyone who lives or works in the area, and we have written to nearby residents and businesses to update them on the situation.

From Monday 17 October the section of the road between Vine Street and Ebor Street will be closed, to investigate the dip and determine what remedial works need to be carried out.

This will require the excavation, repair and replacement of the tarmac on the road.

Until the more detailed investigations have taken place we will not be able to identify the exact timescales of repair, but it’s hoped it will take around 2 weeks.

The immediate priority throughout these works is to ensure the safety of residents, particularly as the depression is on a busy section of the highway.

Whilst the works are taking place, there will be high steel fencing enclosing the site.

All vehicle access via Bishopthorpe Road between Vine Street and Ebor Street will be closed for the duration of the works for safety reasons.

Diversions will be in place directing traffic around Nunnery Lane and Scarcroft Road, Cycles will be diverted around Vine Street, Cherry Street and Darnborough Street.

Access to Vine Street and Ebor Street will be maintained throughout the works, as will access to the car park on Bishopthorpe Road.

Bus services will divert via The Mount and Scarcroft Road. Please check with bus operators before travelling. See details of bus services on the iTravel website.

Businesses will be able to unload deliveries up to the road closure, then turn around and go back out the way they came; either between Nunnery Lane and Ebor Street or Scarcroft Road and Vine Street.

Businesses are open as usual and signage will be placed along the route to support local businesses and retailers in the area.

We appreciate that this will be inconvenient and we will do everything reasonably possible to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.

Find out more information about roadworks in York.