MOTORISTS are facing an autumn of delays, disruption and diversions on the A64 in North Yorkshire because of a £2.2 million resurfacing programme.

Several sections of the route between Bramham and Malton will be affected by the Highways Agency project over a two month period, starting on September 1.

An agency spokesman said: "Work will be carried out in five phases and will improve 8.5 miles of this North Yorkshire road.

"The work includes carriageway resurfacing and patching, the renewal of road markings and road studs, re-instating traffic monitoring loops and renewing damaged road gullies."

Project manager Steven Wright said the scheme would prolong the life of the carriageway, and had been designed to improve the surface and boost safety for road users, while minimising the need for future work.

From the beginning of September until October 2, work will take place on Monday to Thursday nights, between 8pm and 6am. From October 6, until the works have been completed, work will take place every night between 8pm and 6am.

Phase 1, between Bramham and Headley Bar, will mean overnight eastbound closures from September 1 to 11.

Phase 2, between Flaxton Moor and Barton Hill Crossroads on the eastbound carriageway, will cause lane closures with temporary traffic signals and convoy working from September 15 to 23.

Phase 3, between Grimston Bar and Hopgrove Roundabout, will mean overnight eastbound carriageway closures from September 24 to October 9.

Phase 4, between Tadcaster and Askham Bryan, will mean overnight eastbound closures from October 10 to 25.

Phase 5, between Bilbrough Top and Tadcaster, will mean overnight westbound closures from October 26 to November 3.