Flood warning sign fault investigated in Wensleydale

The signs being launched in 2022. From left, Jim McRobert, SWARCO Traffic’s head of sales Derek Williamson, Cllr Karin Sedgwick and highways area manager Jayne Charlton.

Officials say they are investigating a fault which meant new flood warning signs did not alert motorists to flooding in Wensleydale yesterday.

The signs were installed on the A684 last year at a cost of £418,000 to warn motorists that the road was flooded with water from the River Ure.

Several stretches of the road are prone to flooding, including parts near Wensley and between Aysgarth and Worton.

Local residents say the signs failed to illuminate yesterday despite flooding near Worton Bottoms.

It was claimed the reason was that sensors that detect river water levels were placed in the wrong place.

This was rejected however by county council bosses.

North Yorkshire County Council’s corporate director for business and environmental services, Karl Battersby, said: “Since its installation early last year, the flood detection system on the A684 has been very effective in highlighting floods and has generated positive feedback from local communities and regular users of the route.

“There is no suggestion that the sensors may be in the wrong location. For each sign there are several sensors, including near the river as well as near the road so it is highly unlikely they could all fail.

“We are aware of a fault in the Aysgarth area today resulting in the sign not illuminating. We have reported the problem and engineers are currently investigating the fault.”


  1. I live in West Witton and could find nothing about the flooding at Wensley on the official Government or NYCC flooding sites. Only Hawes, Appersett, Bainbridge mentioned. I needed to attend hospital for urgent treatment today and worried the road would be closed. On leaving the village at 9am, road closed signs were at the south end of the Village. We went on and the road was totally clear. We could have tried a lengthy detour, adding stress to the journey. It’s not good enough!!

  2. Highways spent £418,000 on this which is very good if working but no thought has been put into the maintenance as it’s out off order within one year of use.

    Also they have resurfaced many short sections of road along the length of the A684 last year but one of the worst sections of road is for about one mile east of Constable Burton on the road to Bedale which was closed for days last year but when reopened wasn’t resurfaced and is like riding down a beck bottom. No though seems to have been put into the sections of road which most needed the resurfacing.

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