Improvements considered to prevent flooding on A1

IMPROVEMENTS could be made to the A1 to avoid further flooding problems, officials said last night.

The Highways Agency is carrying out an investigation into the response to flooding in North Yorkshire which closed the route for almost two days last month.

The road was partially shut again on Monday for several hours after flood water spilled on to the northbound carriageway near Catterick Village.

A nine-mile tailback was reported and congestion lasted most of the day.

The Highways Agency said the September floods were the result of exceptional weather conditions, which caused substantial volumes of water to flow off the surrounding fields onto the A1.

A spokesman added: "Since then, we have been working closely with a number of local agencies - including local councils, emergency services and the Environment Agency - to examine our response to the incident and consider what, if any, improvements can be carried out in the area. If any improvements are required, they will be implemented as soon as is practical."

Meanwhile, North Yorkshire county councillor Carl Les is urging the chancellor to tackle the flooding problem on the road – and improve transport links and road safety - by approving a cancelled upgrade of the A1 between Leeming and Barton.

Coun Les said: “We can’t continue with a situation where the main North/South road on this side of the country is repeatedly being closed because of flooding.”

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12:52pm Wed 28 Nov 12

oliviaden6 says...

It is about time the Route to the North and Scotland was officially turned into a full blown motor way, for to long monies have been ploughed into the motorways in the midlands and the south at the expense of the A1 and other motor ways. It is crazy that the main east coast route to the north and beyond is shut due to flooding. Now the motorway agencies are trying to shut the doors after the horses have bolted. Come on HM government get it sorted out once and for all.
It is about time the Route to the North and Scotland was officially turned into a full blown motor way, for to long monies have been ploughed into the motorways in the midlands and the south at the expense of the A1 and other motor ways. It is crazy that the main east coast route to the north and beyond is shut due to flooding. Now the motorway agencies are trying to shut the doors after the horses have bolted. Come on HM government get it sorted out once and for all. oliviaden6

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