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Businesses welcome maintenance to keep key route safe ...

23rd September, 2023.

Business leaders have welcomed the close collaboration with highways officers following a visit to view essential maintenance of a vital east-west route.

The annual week-long scheme concluded 17 September on Sutton Bank on the A170 between Helmsley and Thirsk to ensure that it remains structurally sound.

During the works, North Yorkshire Council’s highways officers met with Carolyn Frank, development manager for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in North Yorkshire, and Lee Harris-Hamer, FSB area volunteer lead and owner of the White Horse Cleaning Ltd in Thirsk.

North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for highways and transport, Cllr Keane Duncan, said: “The site visit was a great opportunity to show business leaders the extent of the works so they can appreciate how necessary they are to stop any rock falls which can subsequently lead to longer, unplanned closures.

“The A170 is a key route for residents, commuters and day-trippers so it’s important we maintain it for the future...

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