Summer of surface dressing begins in Richmondshire

Surface dressing taking place. Photo: Michael Trolove.

A summer of surface dressing to maintain and protect roads in Richmondshire will begin next week.

Each year, the county council improves stretches of the county’s 9,000km of roads with a programme of surface dressing between April and October.

Officials say that surface dressing offers a quick, efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining skid-resistant and waterproof road surfaces, helping to prevent deterioration.

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It involves spraying bitumen onto the road surface then covering it with a layer of chippings. The process can extend the life of a road by up to ten years.

Barrie Mason, assistant director for Highways and Transportation, said: “Surface dressing is comparatively low-cost at just a fifth of the price of resurfacing. This means we can treat a much larger proportion of the road network each year, preventing the need for much more expensive work later.

“We know the process is not popular with some drivers, mainly because of loose chippings, but the speed of the operation and its long-term benefits, as well as the short time for which motorists are inconvenienced, are important factors.

“It is important that traffic is allowed onto the new surface because chippings need traffic to fully push them into the road. However, it is also important that drivers keep to the speed limit to allow the surface to stabilise and to avoid damage to their vehicles. That is why we put in place a 20mph speed limit during the early life of the dressing.”

After dressing, the new surface is left for seven days to allow the chippings to embed then any residual chippings can be swept up before road markings are repainted.

Information boards will be erected in the areas where work is to take place and letters will be delivered to affected properties. The work will be subject to weather conditions.

Below is the surface dressing schedule for Richmondshire, May to July 2017. The programme is subject to weather conditions.


Location Town Road no. Duration Start Finish
Eryholme Lane Eryholme C229 1.5 days Fri 12 May Mon 15 May
Jolby Lane Stapleton C12 1.5 days Mon 15 May Wed 17 May
Appleby Lane Aldbrough St John U1324 0.2 days Wed 17 May Wed 17 May
West Lane Eppleby U1312 0.3 days Wed 17 May Wed 17 May
Caldwell Road Caldwell C7 0.3 days Wed 17 May Thu 18 May
Collier Lane/Greenless Lane West Layton U1319 1 day Thu 18 May Fri 19 May
West Lane junction to A66(T) Melsonby B6274 0.75 days Fri 19 May Fri 19 May
Park Wall Ravensworth C112 0.3 days Sat 20 May Sat 20 May
New Lane Ravensworth U1093 0.5 days Sat 20 May Sat 20 May
Dyson Lane Newsham U1079 0.2 days Sat 20 May Sat 20 May
Wetlands Lane Newsham U1078 0.2 days Sun 21 May Sun 21 May
Moor Lane Dalton U1082 0.1 days Sun 21 May Sun 21 May
West Street Gayles U1086 0.2 days Sun 21 May Sun 21 May
East Street Gayles U1088 0.1 days Sun 21 May Sun 21 May
Gayles to Newsham Gayles C41 1 day Sun 21 May Mon 22 May
Middle Street Gayles U1087 0.2 days Mon 22 May Mon 22 May
Kirby Hill Road Kirby Hill C41 0.5 days Mon 22 May Tue 23 May
High Street Gilling West B6274 0.5 days Tue 23 May Tue 23 May
Moulton Road Middleton Tyas C46 1 day Tue 23 May Wed 24 May
Station Road Scorton C46 0.75 days Wed 24 May Thu 25 May
Forest Road Bolton on Swale U1396 0.1 days Thu 25 May Thu 25 May
Sled Lane Richmond U1426 0.1 days Thu 25 May Thu 25 May
Hard Stiles Marske C109 0.3 days Thu 25 May Fri 26 May
Arkengathdale Road Reeth C29 1.5 days Fri 26 May Tue 30 May
Crackpot Crackpot U254 1 day Tue 30 May Wed 31 May
James Lane and Horne Road Tunstall/Catterick Garrison C37 0.1 days Wed 31 May Wed 31 May
Barden Lane Barden U1118 1 day Wed 31 May Thu 1 June
South Moor Lane Leyburn U1119 0.75 days Thu 1 June Fri 2 June
Kilgram Lane Jervaulx U1157 0.5 days Fri 2 June Fri 2 June
Melmerby to Common Lane Junction Melmerby C228 0.5 days Fri 2 June Sat 3 June
Moorcock Inn to Aisgill Moor Cottages Road Garsdale Head B6259 0.75 days Sat 3 June Sun 4 June
Moorland Cottage to Moorcock Inn Garsdale Head A684 0.5 days Sun 4 June Sun 4 June
Thwaite Bridge Thwaite Bridge A684 0.5 days Sun 4 June Mon 5 June
Hackforth Lane East Appleton C36 1 day Fri 23 June Mon 26 June
Sled Lane Richmond U1426 0.3 days Mon 26 June Mon 26 June
Forrest Road Bolton on Swale U1396 0.75 days Mon 26 June Tue 27 June
Horne Road Catterick Garrison C37 0.75 days Tue 27 June Wed 28 June
Horne Road Catterick Garrison C37 0.75 days Wed 28 June Wed 28 June
Walburn Head Stainton A6108 0.5 days Wed 28 June Thu 29 June
Hallwith Road Spennithorne U1146 0.3 days Thu 29 June Thu 29 June
Main Street Aysgarth A684 0.5 days Fri 30 June Fri 30 June
Carperby to Woodhall Carperby C34 1 day Fri 30 June Sat 1 July
Beggersmans Road Gayle C32 0.5 days Sat 1 July Sun 2 July
Hawes to Hardraw junction Hawes A684 0.75 days Sun 2 July Sun 2 July
Lane to High Houses Hawes U196 0.5 days Sun 2 July Mon 3 July
Old Widdale Head to Hawes Road Hawes B6255 0.75 days Mon 3 July Tue 4 July