Town still open to visitors despite roadworks, says community leader

Hawes is still open to visitors despite major roadworks starting in the town today, a community leader has said.

Highways officials say the work, which involves a full resurfacing of the A684 through the town, is essential in extending the life of the road and improving its safety.

The work was postponed earlier in the year following concerns from residents and businesses.

Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council chair Jill McMullon said visitors were crucial for the town’s economy and it was important they kept coming despite the roadworks.

She added: “There is no doubt that the resurfacing works in Hawes desperately needs doing but it it important that everyone knows our shops and businesses are still open for business.

“Parking is available free by Richmondshire District Council and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and we would encourage visitors to still come to see all that is in offer here — it’s important to us everyone still visits.”

The resurfacing will run from the western end of the market place to the 30mph signs at the eastern edge.

It is due to begin on Monday, September 26, initially in the Market Place with a phased programme for five and a half weeks.

North Yorkshire County Council was awarded £7.06m to fund a series of safety improvement projects on the A684, one of the major routes east to west through the Yorkshire Dales, from Leeming Bar to Junction 37 of the M6.

It was one of four successful bids to the Safer Roads Fund.

A road closure will be in place in Hawes Market Place, The Holme and Penn Lane from Mondays at 8am until Fridays at 4.30pm during the first four weeks.

Burtersett Road will be closed on weekdays between 8am and 5.30pm. The A684 will be fully open to traffic on the weekends.

During the works, a signed diversion route will be in place and pedestrian access will be maintained. On-site personnel will manage access to properties and businesses within the closure. However, there may be times when access is not possible.

For live updates and details of the diversion, visit the county council’s roadworks map at www.northyorks.gov.uk/roadworks-map