Residents, businesses and other organisations are invited to attend an open day event to find out more information about the Newland Bridge closure and roadworks in the area.

Representatives from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be at the Snaith and Cowick Town Council office on Monday 26 January to talk about a major scheme to repair the Newland Bridge, which carries the A645 over the River Aire, and also to improve some road surfaces in several locations.

The work on the bridge is scheduled to start in spring 2015 and it is anticipated that it will be completed in the autumn of 2015.

The bridge will be closed for the duration of the work and parts of the A645, from Rawcliffe Roundabout to Drax, will be closed to all but local access traffic.

There will be a diversion between the A614 at its junction with the eastern part of the A645, the A1041 and the western section of the A645 to Drax village for all traffic except HGVs.

The diversion will pass through Rawcliffe, Snaith and Carlton but, to minimise traffic on that route, Drax Power Station is working with its hauliers to route HGV traffic via the M62, A19, A63 and A1041 in order to avoid Snaith.

Other local businesses are also being asked if their HGV traffic can also avoid the local diversion and Snaith.

Temporary traffic lights will be in operation at the junction of Pontefract Road, Selby Road and Beast Fair in Snaith during the project. As well as the traffic lights, there will also be a one-way restriction in Market Place, Snaith, for road safety reasons.

Some highway maintenance works are being (and have been) undertaken in Snaith, Rawcliffe and Pollington to reduce the likelihood of any works being required during the closure period.

Weight restrictions on the A1041 will remain in place.

Councillor Chris Matthews, Portfolio Holder for Infrastructure, Highways and Emergency Planning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Along with our partners, we have devised a scheme which is intended to minimise the impact on residents and commuters as much as possible and we would encourage people to come along to our event to find out more about the project.

“It is a very important scheme because improving the transport infrastructure of the East Riding is one of the council’s top priorities.

“The bridge improvement is a vital project and the work, along with the road maintenance, will have long-term benefits for residents and motorists.”

East Riding of Yorkshire Council successfully bid for £1.5million from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership towards the bridge project and will contribute further funds to improve the maintenance and traffic management of the local road network.

The council has worked closely with North Yorkshire County Council and Drax Power Station on the scheme.

Snaith & Cowick Town Council have already held intial discussions with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to offer feedback on the proposals and provide local knowledge in finalising traffic management plans.

The Town Mayor, Cllr. John Staveley-Churton, East Riding Ward Councillors John Barrett and Caroline Fox and representatives from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council

The Town Mayor, Cllr. John Staveley-Churton, East Riding Ward Councillors John Barrett and Caroline Fox and representatives from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council

The open day at Snaith and Cowick Town Council office, in Market Place, Snaith, will include presentation information about the bridge and road improvement works and the traffic management. It will run from 10.30am to 5.00pm on Monday 26 January.

Anyone unable to attend the event can contact or visit and search for Newland Bridge for more information.

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