County council play down A59 Kex Gill fears after Blubberhouses landslip

Work taking place at Kex Gill earlier this year (s)
Work taking place at Kex Gill earlier this year (s)

The county council have dismissed fears that this morning's landslip on the A59 at Blubberhouses was connected to the Kex Gill problems experienced earlier this year.

Traffic began building up this morning (Tuesday, October 18) following the landslip with soil and small boulders on the road near Kex Gill.

Motorists were advised to find an alternative route, sparking fears that the landslip would cause problems similar to the seven-week closure of the A59 in January.

However, the county council confirmed this morning's incident was only a "minor issue" and took place around 400m further up from the landslip in January.

Police reported that a car had hit a stone on the carriageway near the top of the hill, causing the debris to fall off the banking.

The car was moved to the quarry entrance before police cleared the debris by hand to allow the road to reopen fully.

North Yorkshire County Council first closed the road at Kex Gill on January 5 when cracks appeared on the hillside following heavy rain over the Christmas period.

The county council's contractors began drainage and stabilisation work on the road on January 18 and it was reopened on Saturday, February 27.