Access to local businesses to be maintained during A66 weekend work

The Ravensworth junction on the A66.

Highways England has confirmed that access will be maintained to local businesses during improvement work on the A66.

The A66 trans-Pennine route is to close over several weekends for resurfacing and improvement work.

Highways England is resurfacing the A66 west of Scotch Corner between East Layton and West Layton.

The work will cover four road junctions near East and West Layton — Collier Lane to West Layton to the west, and Moor Lane to East Layton to the east, on the north side, and two on the southern side, Waitlands Lane next to Ravensworth Lodge, and New Lane junction, leading to the village of Ravensworth to the east.

The work will start on January 24 and is scheduled to run over four weekends.

Local businesses in villages including Ravensworth have expressed concern about the impact of the work on trade.

But Highways England say there will be local diversions in place, as well as long distance diversion routes for drivers heading along the A66.

A spokesperson added: “There will also be local diversion in place so that drivers can continue to access local business and services.

“We have visited the business affected by the closures and will be installing ‘business open as usual’ signs along the A66 to advise drivers they can still access local amenities.

“During the closures we ask drivers to plan their journeys and take care when travelling along the diversion routes.”

Road closures will be in place as follows:

  • Weekend one: A66 closed between Scotch Corner and Rokeby from 9pm Friday 24 January until 6am Monday 27 January
  • Weekend two: A66 closed between Scotch Corner and Rokeby from 9pm Friday 31 January until 6am Monday 3 February
  • Weekend three: A66 closed between Scotch Corner and Rokeby from 9pm Friday 7 February until 6am Monday 10 February
  • Weekend four: A66 closed between Scotch Corner and Rokeby from 9pm Friday 14 February until 6am Monday 17 February

Officials say that road closures can be subject to change.

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