Road safety improvements on the way

Highways contractors are to start enabling works for Sirius Minerals’ polyhalite project which will create over 1,000 jobs in the local area. The work is due to start on 30 January and follows the Company successfully raising its first stage of financing in November 2016.

A new right-hand turn filter lane from the A171 onto the B1416 is planned, together with and a new turning lane on the B1416 into the mine site.

In Whitby there will be pavement works to improve seven crossing points for pedestrians on minor roads that intersect the A171. In addition, a signalised pedestrian crossing on Helredale Road will be installed to replace the existing uncontrolled crossing.

The highways improvements are part of the planning requirements for the proposed mine and will help to improve the safe flow of traffic and increase pedestrian safety. All works are due to finish before 7 April.

Limited sections of road will require traffic management. Temporary traffic lights will be located at the A171/B1416 turning and at the mine site entrance, where a 40mph speed restriction will also be in place for construction to improve the safety of walkers in the area.

Temporary traffic lights will be used at times on a small section of Helredale Road, avoiding weekends where possible.

Sirius is working with its principal contractor North Midland Construction and North Yorkshire County Council to ensure that the highways programme is delivered safely, quickly and in a way that minimises disruption as much as possible.

The contractor will operate between the hours of 7am and 7pm from Monday to Friday and will avoid weekend work wherever possible. Approximately two nights of night-time working will be required for resurfacing on Helredale Road and at the two schemes around the mine site at the end of the programme.

Local residents, schools and businesses located near the works will be notified and provided with further details before work on each scheme commences. Updates and more details, including plans and schedules, can be found on the Sirius Minerals website www.siriusminerals.com.

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