Frustration after council announces A684 in Wensleydale to close for 13 days

A sign advising of the closures in Bainbridge.

Business owners have expressed their frustration after it was announced the A684 would close for repairs.

The closures will start on June 19 with the road shut from 8am to 5.30pm for 13 weekdays.

The work will be done in four phases:

  • June 19 to 22 – Bainbridge to Worton (C135 Rose and Crown Hotel to C105 Worton Village Road)
  • June 22 to 27 – Worton to Aysgarth (C105 Worton Village to Thonton Road)
  • June 28 to 30 – Bainbridge to Worton (C135 Rose and Crown Hotel to C105 Worton Village Road)
  • July 3 to 5 – Worton to Aysgarth (C105 Worton Village to Thonton Road)

Waning signs have been put up along the route this week.

North Yorkshire Council said diversions would be put in place.

A spokesperson added: “On-site personnel will assist in managing access to properties and businesses within the closure.

“Please be advised there may be extended periods when access will not be possible due to the nature of the works and physical constraints of the site Pedestrian access will be maintained.

“This work is part of an extensive programme and therefore, some adjustment to this start date or the duration of the works may be necessary should unforeseen circumstances such as significant weather events or emergencies on the highway network arise.”

The length of road closures has raised concerns from local business owners.

Gillian Harrison runs Wensleydale Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Shop near Thornton Rust.

She said: “They forget we are the Lakes to A1 scenic route and we get a lot of passing trade from these tourists, but they will put on their sat nav and it will send them up the A66 bypassing the Dales completely so the whole area misses out on their trade.

“A couple of days we could cope with but not 13.”

North Yorkshire Council upper councillor councillor Yvonne Peacock said the work would see repairs to problem areas identified by inspectors rather than a full resurfacing of the road.

She added: “Roads need repairing and this can be disruptive for business and residents.

“There is never a good time but at least this is avoiding peak times.

“I have sympathy for everyone who is affected but we expect highways to keep the roads up to a standard which is why this is work is necessary.

“There will be diversion signs in place and I ask everyone to be patient while this work is carried out.”