South entrance to village road closure deferred

Road Closure deferred

The planned road closure to southern entrance to the village has been postponed and works will take place at night on dates to be advised following objections from East Keswick Parish Council.
The Parish Council objected that the village would lose its daytime bus service for a week without any alternative in place.

Leeds City Council had initially said the road would be closed between 0930 and 1530 on the 4th to 7th January whilst Leeds City Council undertake ground investigations for the bridge spanning Keswick Beck.
That would mean a lengthy diversion via Collingham and a loss of village bus services during this period. East Keswick Parish Council had objected to this timing and loss of bus services.
Leeds City Council say “We are undertaking a number of intrusive ground investigations for the LCC Bridges Section across Leeds, to determine depth to base of bridge foundations and the ground conditions beneath the foundations. This will allow us to assess the risk to the bridges of being undermined due to river scour. This may lead to a reduction in the bridge scour risk rating, and will give certainty to the LCC Bridges Section on their ongoing costs for bridge asset management.”

Following internal advice on how to book road space, we booked the road closure between 9.30 and 15.30 at Wike Lane Bridge, to ensure the ground investigation works could go ahead, while not restricting vehicular traffic and causing disruption during peak times.”

Following EKPC objections the Principal Engineer advised “Further to our recent correspondence we would like to advise you that following deliberation with our contractors it has been decided to reschedule the planned ground investigation works at Main Street/Wike Lane. In order to reduce the impact of the works on bus services the works will now take place at night rather than in the day. The works will not commence on 4th January as originally indicated and are now expected to take place in early February but we do not have an exact date at this time”