Resurfacing work to take place on Richmondshire area’s roads

Surface dressing.

Roads in the Richmondshire area are to be treated as part of an annual programme.

The new North Yorkshire Council says it is delivering an extra £2.6 million worth of surface dressing works as part of its £8 million programme during spring and summer.

Officials claim 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.

North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for highways and transport, Cllr Keane Duncan, said: “Keeping North Yorkshire’s roads safe and in the best possible condition is a top priority for the new council and we’re taking action in our first month.

“This £8 million investment in surface dressing is a key part of our proactive maintenance plan that is vital to maintaining a safe network and preventing potholes arising.

“Maintaining North Yorkshire’s roads is an immense challenge, but despite the impact of winter and inflationary pressures we are making positive progress.

“Careful prioritisation of works, additional investment and close cooperation with our contractors means we will be delivering an extra £2.6 million worth of surface dressing schemes this year, the equivalent of an extra 60 miles.

“This is immensely positive news, but there is still more to do, and we will continue to invest and innovate to improve the road network for residents in all corners of the county.”

In this year’s Spring Budget, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt pledged to increase the fund available to deal with potholes each year to £700 million. North Yorkshire was awarded £6.5 million, making it among the top three councils to benefit from the funding.

A review of its programme is under way to bring in new schemes and ensure the money is spent in the most cost-effective way.

The surface dressing programme will begin mid-April in the Hambleton, Selby and Scarborough districts.

It is due to run into Ryedale and Richmondshire in May, finishing in the Craven district in early June.

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 motorists and residents during the work, visit


  1. It’s about time they actually resurfaced roads properly instead of this half a job. Surface dressing doest fill pot holes it just hides them from all road users

  2. They resurfaced the roads in the village where I live and whoever was in charge of taking levels and grading should have been strung up as the road surfaces are lower than the drain covers hence when it rains the roads are standing in water and it’s been hell through winter when it freezes, total cowboy contractors not like when our own highway men did the roads years ago they were done properly and with pride, not like the contractors they get in now it’s just get in and get out job done, and quick let’s get out of here!

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