A KEY route across York city centre which closed for a major re-construction scheme - forcing a dozen bus services to take lengthy diversions - has now fully reopened.

City of York Council has been carrying out a £1.1million upgrade to Stonebow, Fossgate and Pavement since earlier this year.

The Press revealed in February that the closure of Stonebow would affect buses including the Grimston Bar and Monks Cross Park and Ride services, and also the number 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 25, 181, 840, and 843 routes.

The council warned then that both residents and commuters should expect delays.

A council spokeswoman said yesterday that Stonebow and Fossgate had now fully reopened, with the completion of main works.

"The road surface across the area has been reconstructed and changes have been made to the layout and surface of the footways on Fossgate in York’s city centre," she said.

"The aim of the scheme was to improve the appearance and character, create a more pedestrian-friendly environment and improve access for pedestrians and cyclists, attracting more visitors to the area."

Head of transport Tony Clarke said, “We know the closures have caused delays and disruption for some and we would like to thank residents, businesses and commuters for their patience.

"The works are now complete, ready for the busy Easter period."

The spokeswoman said the council engaged with local businesses before and during the works so they could help plan the scheme.

"Another drop-in session is set to take place later this month to enable them to give feedback," she said.

"This will help the council to learn lessons from the delivery of the project and deliver future schemes more effectively."