September end for Brambling Fields road works

THE long-awaited completion of the multi-million pound Brambling Fields slip-road scheme on the A64 at Norton could take until September.

The news was revealed at last Thursday’s Ryedale District Council meeting after Coun Brian Maud, the representative for the Rillington area, said the delayed scheme, which had been due to be finished in June or July, was causing hardship to Norton businesses and others in Castlegate, Malton .

He said: “I have asked why were the times of work restricted. The answer was that working times are affected by the Highways Agency requirements about work on trunk roads and by conditions on the planning permission.”

He questioned whether consideration had been given to the businesses affected by the scheme.

“Or,” he asked, “Was it that those dealing with the planning conditions were blinkered in their thoughts and unaware of how long it could take and what effect their decision would have while access to Norton is closed?”

The vice-chairman of Ryedale District Council, Coun Janet Frank, said: “The Brambling Fields scheme is taking longer than expected. However, the impacts of unprecedented periods of heavy rain on such major earthworks as this, cannot be under-estimated.”

She said the Highways Agency and contractors had told the district council that the work will continue during the school holidays and completion could be as late as the end of September.

Coun Frank said North Yorkshire County Council had imposed conditions on working hours on the scheme but later agreed that weekend working could go ahead.

“All Saturdays and Sundays are now being worked. While an extension of the permitted working hours is likely to have made very little difference to progress during the periods of heavy rain, it is at least arguable that the contractor should have sought to extend and implement working hours at an earlier stage.”

A spokesman for the County Council said: “All works will continue during the school summer holidays. The information supplied by the contractors as of late June was that they expect the junction to be completed and open to traffic by the end of the first week in August.

“Although, it should be noted that intensive rain did continue through early July. However, the weather-sensitive operations at the site are now drawing to a close, with highway drainage being installed alongside highway lighting and kerb lines.”

Planting works won’t go ahead until November, but will not require the closure of the junction.

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5:10pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Moorsider79 says...

It is a shame for Norton businesses on top of the street improvements they had, but they must remember in the long run they will again be one of the main beneficiaries as traffic from all directions will reach them easier and be increased from Scarborough Road. The fact people struggle to get out of Norton at busy times must have some positive impact on them too. It seems the contractor could have made better of earlier good weather in spring but who would plan for that likewise? It's a shame it can't be sped up it is pain for gain in the end.
It is a shame for Norton businesses on top of the street improvements they had, but they must remember in the long run they will again be one of the main beneficiaries as traffic from all directions will reach them easier and be increased from Scarborough Road. The fact people struggle to get out of Norton at busy times must have some positive impact on them too. It seems the contractor could have made better of earlier good weather in spring but who would plan for that likewise? It's a shame it can't be sped up it is pain for gain in the end. Moorsider79

6:00pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Maltonian says...

No doubt the contractor will be asking for more money next to add insult to injury
No doubt the contractor will be asking for more money next to add insult to injury Maltonian

7:28pm Wed 18 Jul 12

baileyuk says...

if the site bosses actually pulled their fingers out and did something constructive instead of walking around commentating on the weather then maybe they would be alot closer to opening the junction!
if the site bosses actually pulled their fingers out and did something constructive instead of walking around commentating on the weather then maybe they would be alot closer to opening the junction! baileyuk

1:28pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Peterwalker says...

It would appear we are receiving mixed messages. 'could take until September'.....'coul
d be as late as the end of September'..... 'Expect the junction to be completed and open to traffic by the first week in August'.. For what it' s worth, my money is on the second quote being the most accurate.
It would appear we are receiving mixed messages. 'could take until September'.....'coul d be as late as the end of September'..... 'Expect the junction to be completed and open to traffic by the first week in August'.. For what it' s worth, my money is on the second quote being the most accurate. Peterwalker

8:24pm Thu 19 Jul 12

twotonethomas says...

Moorsider79 wrote:
It is a shame for Norton businesses on top of the street improvements they had, but they must remember in the long run they will again be one of the main beneficiaries as traffic from all directions will reach them easier and be increased from Scarborough Road. The fact people struggle to get out of Norton at busy times must have some positive impact on them too. It seems the contractor could have made better of earlier good weather in spring but who would plan for that likewise? It's a shame it can't be sped up it is pain for gain in the end.
That's if the businesses that are suffering the pain, survive to get the gain.
[quote][p][bold]Moorsider79[/bold] wrote: It is a shame for Norton businesses on top of the street improvements they had, but they must remember in the long run they will again be one of the main beneficiaries as traffic from all directions will reach them easier and be increased from Scarborough Road. The fact people struggle to get out of Norton at busy times must have some positive impact on them too. It seems the contractor could have made better of earlier good weather in spring but who would plan for that likewise? It's a shame it can't be sped up it is pain for gain in the end.[/p][/quote]That's if the businesses that are suffering the pain, survive to get the gain. twotonethomas

10:02pm Thu 19 Jul 12

baileyuk says...

i,m interested in how the road being opened will help the buisnesses in Norton.. I travel through norton several times a day and the the parking areas outside the norton shops are nearly always full, as there are no other parking areas close by, will folk be encouraged to stop and use these shops or just carry on?? the rumour on site is that it will be mid/late October before the junction is open to traffic, there is apparently at least 6 weeks ground work to be done before any tarmac can go down,,
i,m interested in how the road being opened will help the buisnesses in Norton.. I travel through norton several times a day and the the parking areas outside the norton shops are nearly always full, as there are no other parking areas close by, will folk be encouraged to stop and use these shops or just carry on?? the rumour on site is that it will be mid/late October before the junction is open to traffic, there is apparently at least 6 weeks ground work to be done before any tarmac can go down,, baileyuk

10:47pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Ib19650 says...

I think everybody may be missing the point (s) here.
1. Another public contract incorrectly tendered.
2. Another contractor not challenging the way the contract was tendered winning it knowing that any delays could not be overcome without extending the term.
3. Another public contract that will undoubtedly cost way in excess of what it was originally projected to.
4. Another case of the taxpayer picking up the extra cost, and the instigators/contract
ors to be called to a "review" that will conclude that there was nothing that could have been done, and they all keep their jobs and fat pension, terms and conditions, without so much as a reprimand.

This would not have happened in the private sector. The job would have been done on time, or people would have lost their jobs, and/or companies would have invoked the penalty clauses.
You, the taxpayer, are paying for all this ongoing blatant mis management of public money time and time again.

The scheme was a flawed design anyway, and could have been done much quicker and more cost effectively anyway.
I think everybody may be missing the point (s) here. 1. Another public contract incorrectly tendered. 2. Another contractor not challenging the way the contract was tendered winning it knowing that any delays could not be overcome without extending the term. 3. Another public contract that will undoubtedly cost way in excess of what it was originally projected to. 4. Another case of the taxpayer picking up the extra cost, and the instigators/contract ors to be called to a "review" that will conclude that there was nothing that could have been done, and they all keep their jobs and fat pension, terms and conditions, without so much as a reprimand. This would not have happened in the private sector. The job would have been done on time, or people would have lost their jobs, and/or companies would have invoked the penalty clauses. You, the taxpayer, are paying for all this ongoing blatant mis management of public money time and time again. The scheme was a flawed design anyway, and could have been done much quicker and more cost effectively anyway. Ib19650

10:41pm Fri 20 Jul 12

Peterwalker says...

Group 4 Security.......A Private sector company contracted to undertake a public sector task. I rest my case.
Group 4 Security.......A Private sector company contracted to undertake a public sector task. I rest my case. Peterwalker

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