Travel latest: Blue Bank reopens

The substance that caused the road closure. Picture by NYCC.
The substance that caused the road closure. Picture by NYCC.

The A169 Pickering to Whitby road has reopened at Blue Bank, Sleights, this afternoon after a major operation to clear the road.

Around 600 tonnes of gravel washed out of an escape lane had to be cleared following torrential rain on Monday evening.

The huge clear-up involved drainage repair work and the installation of specialist replacement material for the arrester bed.

From Monday evening a team of 14 worked to clear the road, with two excavators, two HYMAC tracked vehicles, two sweeper lorries, one gully cleaner and one jetting wagon working on site.

The escape lane had to be refilled with new material which required 15 lorries to transport it from Drax Power Station.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways, said: “Our team has worked long hours to get the road reopened as soon as possible. It was a difficult clear-up operation and we would like to say a big thank you to the team from our contractors Ringway for their hard work and organisation in responding so swiftly to the crisis.

“In addition thank you also to Scarborough Borough Council for helping with the clear up operation and contractor Wilf Noble in Ruswarp for helping as well. Finally we would also like to thank the residents of Sleights and the travelling public for their patience whilst this essential work was carried out.”

The latest information on road closures in North Yorkshire can be found on http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/25369

Read about a family who were stuck in the initial gravel avalanche here.