MAJOR work to widen a road bridge near Stokesley is well underway despite ongoing delays and damage caused by walkers and cyclists cutting off locks.

The work at Tanton Bridge is being done to reduce accidents and give pedestrians safer places to cross with the road widened so it can cope with two way traffic and new footpaths created on either side.

County Councillor Bryn Griffiths, for Stokesley, said: "The work is coming along with the arch barrel nearing its completion. Unfortunately the virus outbreak brought some problems. There were times transporting of materials was delayed due to plant closures, and reduced staff on site due to furloughing and social distancing restrictions.

"But work is now due to be complete by mid-July, although that will depend on how quickly restrictions are lifted, we hope to recover some of the lost time."

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways said there had been reports of cyclists and walkers cutting off the site gate locks to get onto an adjoining road. He added: "I’d like to remind anybody who does so that this is an offence, and we will take action. I want to thank contractors for the great work they have done. The widening of the bridge is essential to improve safety and reduce incidents. We apologise for any inconvenience for residents."