Riverside path to close for months due to flood works

The riverside path at Almery Terrace. Photograph: Chloe Laversuch

A York riverside footpath is to be closed from August for flood barrier work to take place.

The Environment Agency has already begun work to raise the embankment on the field behind St Peter’s and St Olave’s schools.

But from late August the path along the River Ouse – directly next to Almery Terrace after Scarborough Bridge – will be closed until the end of November for work to take place.

This is for construction work to take place on the raised embankment that begins at the end of Almery Terrace and for better flood gates and glass panels to be installed in front of the houses.

The route will be shut between 8am and 5pm – and not every day but people will need to check signs and social media for updates on the closure.

The scheme aims to provide better protection from flooding for 134 homes.

Essential improvements

David Morrey, project manager for the Environment Agency, said: “We understand that this will be an inconvenience to people who use the riverside path, but this is essential flood defence work to better protect homes from something that can have a devastating impact on people’s lives.”

The steps between Almery Terrace and the riverside path will be closed while the height of the wall beside the route is raised and work on Network Rail land takes place.

These steps are expected to be shut from early September to late October.

And the footpath from the end of Westminster Road to the river is also expected to close from the end of August while the embankment in the field is extended.

Raising walls

It is hoped the flood defence works will be finished by the end of the year.

The area already has defence, including flood walls in the gardens of homes on Almery Terrace – but these may be too low to face future floodwaters according to the Environment Agency.

In response the organisation is raising the height of the walls with glass panels – so light is not blocked – and raising the height of the embankment in the field and extending it through to St Peter’s School playing field.

Email [email protected] for more information or follow @EnvAgencyYNE for updates on the closure plans.