Frustrated Selby area motorists have experienced their first commute since the closure of the town's decaying bypass.
Diversions and lengthy tailbacks greeted motorists travelling in and around Selby from early this morning after the A63 Selby bypass was closed to traffic. The closure is expected to remain in place until July 17th to allow highways contractors from North Yorkshire County Council to carry out major structural repairs to the ailing road's failing construction.
Angry commuters have been taking to social media throughout the day to vent their frustration over the closure, many reporting the misery of enduring lengthy delays during their morning commute.
One woman posted to the Selby SOS facebook warning of delays of 50 minutes in travelling the mile-and-a-half between Osgodby and the former BOCM factory on Barlby Road. Another forum member told of how the only thing missing to complete the picture from the pre-bypass 'bad old days' would be a man on the bridge collecting tolls from each car that passed.
Can't believe how bad the traffic is in Selby due to bypass being closed..this is going to cost businesses dearly #Selby— Karl (@dustytruffle) May 5, 2015
Large-scale excavations are now being carried out in the failed carriageway as contractors look to stabilise the road's lower layers. Failure of the materials used in these layers is understood to be the primary factor behind the crumbling and pot-holed state of its surface over recent years.
David Bowe, corporate director for NYCC said, "We want the people of Selby to have a bypass that is fit for purpose in the interest of the town's longer term economic future and, unfortunately, we cannot avoid this major reconstruction. We are tackling those parts of the bypass that have been most seriously affected in order to keep the whole in working order."
Despite the latest slew of repairs to the bypass, it is not yet known who will foot the £2 million bill to bring it up to scratch. Whilst the road was commissioned by the Highways Agency (now known as Highways England) and built by civil engineering giant Skanska, it was 'de-trunked' and became the responsibility of NYCC in 2009.
The Selebian understands that negotiations between NYCC chiefs and Highways England have so far failed to reach any meaningful conclusion and remain 'up in the air'.