A6108 Skeeby road closure time reduced

Work to install power cables to Scotch Corner is ahead of schedule and a road closure will not be as long as planned, engineers say.

Northern Powergrid says its work between Scotch Corner and Scurragh Lane is progressing well.

In an update, the company added that the closure of the A6108 through Skeeby village from Scurragh Lane to Skeeby substation will now be in place from Monday, March 14 until Thursday, April 21 – eights weeks less than planned.

Phil Dickson, project manager at Northern Powergrid, said: “We’ve made significant changes to our programme to help minimise the impact on your community.

“We’re bringing in additional resource, which has enabled us to reduce the amount of time Skeeby village will be closed from our initial estimate of 14 weeks to less than six.”

Here is the updated information:

Access to Skeeby

Skeeby village will be fully closed to all through traffic between these dates, with vehicle access provided for permit-holding residents and visitors only. All other traffic will be directed to follow the signposted diversion along the A6055, Gatherley Road, Catterick Road, Richmond Road, Longwood Bank and the A6136 into Richmond.

From Monday 14 March for approximately two weeks, access will only be possible from the Richmond side of the village while our team excavates along the A6108 between Scurragh Lane and the northern edge of Skeeby. Once our contractor, Excalon, has dug past your premises, you will need to enter/leave the village to the north towards Scotch Corner. Our 24/7 traffic marshals will provide daily updates.

24/7 Traffic marshals

During the day (7am until 7pm), traffic marshals will be in place at both ends of the closure. Additional marshals will provide support at the point at which we’re excavating and will also be responsible for assisting any emergency service vehicles that need access as well as managing household waste collections.

Our marshals may need to move heavy equipment and place metal plates over our trenches to provide you with access. Please be patient with them while they carry out this work so you can safely pass through the area.

A marshal will also be on duty throughout the night (7pm until 7am) to support you and provide 24/7 access for residents and emergency vehicles.

Permits

We’re operating a permit system to ensure our marshals can easily identify Skeeby residents and visitors. If you don’t already have a permit, please call our contactor’s Project Manager, Garry Westhead using the contact details overleaf.

Temporary public transport provision – operating Monday 14 March until Saturday 23 April

While the road is closed, Arriva will not be able to operate its usual X26 and X27 service to/from Skeeby village and along the A6108 Darlington Road between Skeeby village and Gilling Road in Richmond. The service for Catterick and Hipswell villages will also be impacted and there will be changes to the normal X26/X27 route and timetable for Darlington, Barton, Scotch Corner, Catterick and Richmond.

As a result, Northern Powergrid has funded a free on-demand taxi service to take Skeeby residents to/from Richmond market place. The service will operate from 7am until 7pm, Monday to Saturday, throughout the road closure, enabling people to connect at Richmond to other local bus services. Jet Cars are delivering this service and they have wheelchair accessible vehicles available.

We’re also providing a free temporary shuttle bus. The temporary service is fully accessible and will operate from 7am until 7pm Monday to Saturday. It will serve all stops along the A6108 Darlington Road to Richmond Market Place (the Arriva bus stand). It will also travel from Richmond Market Place to Tesco and then Hipswell village.

Please note, the shuttle bus will not stop between Richmond and Tesco as these stops will continue to be served by the X26/X27 services.