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A1237 essential bridge maintenance works start next week

Published Wednesday, 24 May 2023

City of York Council will be carrying out essential maintenance works to bridges on the A1237, from Monday 29 May.

Works will be carried out on the Rawcliffe Ings Bridge (over the River Ouse) and Millfield Railway Bridge (over the East Coast Main Line). The works will not impact railway services.

To help ease traffic flow, works will take place at night, between 8.00pm and 6.00am, working 7 days a week over a 5 week period. Weather permitting, the scheme will be completed by Monday 3 July 2023.

To help further ease traffic, and in order to carry out the work safely, the scheme will be split into 4 phases so that the single lane closure will only be in place on shorter sections of the carriageway at a time.

Work will be carried out under temporary traffic signals to minimise disruption and marshalls will be on-site during the works to assist pedestrians and cyclists.

During the day, provisions will be put in place to ensure the road is fully reopened (but covered by ramps to protect the surface). For safety reasons the speed limit will be reduced to 30mph from each roundabout for the full duration of the work.

An approximate £200,000 refurbishment, funded by the annual structures allocated highways budget, will include resurfacing sections of the bridge and drainage replacement. It will ensure that the structure of the bridge will be better protected.

Emergency services, cyclists and pedestrians will be permitted through the works at all times.

As with any construction work, there is likely to be a certain amount of disruption and inconvenience to the public. However, everything will be done to keep this to a minimum.

The council remains committed to an improved bridge crossing on the A1237 for both pedestrians and cyclists and this forms part of the scheme that the council has lodged with the Department for Transport.

Plan Ahead

These works form part of significant investment in the city over the next 10 years, including developments to build new homes and attract more well-paid jobs to the city.

For York’s transport network, this means work to achieve:

  • improvements and changes to roads, footpaths and cycle ways
  • developments to build new homes and attract more well-paid jobs to the city
  • more increased safety measures in York City centre

Residents and visitors are urged to plan ahead in advance, which could help to reduce time spent in traffic.

Get more information about current roadworks in York, or sign up to get alerts on roadworks happening in your area.

York is one of the best cities for sustainable travel, which is central to our emerging Local Transport Strategy as well as our recently adopted Economic, Climate Change and Health and Wellbeing 10-Year Strategies.