Annual surface dressing set to start on North Yorkshire roads

Surface dressing.

Annual surface dressing of roads in the district is set to start in May.

Council chiefs say surface dressing is a quick, efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining skid-resistant and waterproof road surfaces, helping to prevent potholes and extending the life of the road by up to ten years.

The surface dressing programme will begin at the start of April in the Selby area from Beal to Kirkby Whalfe.

From mid-April, it will progress through Harrogate, incorporating roads in Fewston and Darley, before covering the north of the county in early May, from the Darlington Road to routes in Stokesley.

From mid-May, the scheme will cover the Richmond area from Catterick Garrison to Muker and Aysgarth in the Yorkshire Dales. It will conclude in the Skipton area including Cowling, West Marton and Cross Hills.

North Yorkshire Council’s corporate director of environment, Karl Battersby, said: “Keeping our roads in the best condition for the money we have available is one of our key priorities.

“The annual surface dressing programme is a proactive measure that is vital to maintaining a safe network and preventing potholes arising.

“We carefully choose the routes and work closely with our contractors to ensure we deliver a cost-effective scheme despite ongoing inflationary pressures. The schedule will benefit residents in all areas of the county.”

North Yorkshire Council’s highways capital programme totals £53 million for this financial year, of which £25.3m has been allocated to road schemes.

This includes £5m for the surface dressing programme, running in April and May and covering 142 miles of roads.

A total of £6.7m will be spent on road patching at 300 sites, and a further £13.6m on road resurfacing schemes at 130 sites.

North Yorkshire Council’s roadworks map will include up-to-date details and dates of the works as the programme progresses. It can be found at

For more information about surface dressing, including advice for road users and residents during the work, visit


  1. This is a joke, if it’s an annual thing then it clearly doesn’t work as the counties roads are riddled with potholes, many seriously dangerous to bikers and damaging to vehicle suspensions. Also flooded roads are due to shameful neglect of road gulleys that are completely blocked. Shane on you NYC you’re not providing a decent service for the increased council tax charged.

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