Gillygate set to reopen within 24 hours

The ‘Road Closed’ signs should soon be removed. Photograph: Richard McDougall
12 Aug 2016 @ 5.34 pm
| Environment, News

Good news. Gillygate, which has been closed for five days since a hole opened up in the carriageway, is set to reopen on Saturday (August 13).

Yorkshire Water confirmed that its repairs are almost complete and the road “is scheduled to fully reopen tomorrow at 5pm”.

A spokesperson for the company said:

This is sooner than we anticipated and is thanks to the hard work of our eight man repair team who have worked long hours to repair two areas of damage to the sewer which involved deep excavations.

We would like to thank commuters, local residents and local businesses for their patience and look forward to returning the road to normal tomorrow at 5pm.

Previously it looked as though the road would be closed until at least Monday after engineers noticed additional damage to the sewer.

The reopening will be good news for drivers, who have faced delays, and bus passengers.

Bus company First York has had to divert five services away from the road, and introduce a free shuttle service between Burton Stone Lane and York Hospital.