MALTON and Norton is set for a series of roadworks and closures over the coming weeks.

Repairs are to be carried out on the A169/A64 roundabout near Old Malton and Castlegate in Malton.

A one-way system is also to be put in place for about seven weeks in Church Street in Norton to enable gas repairs to be carried out.

However, North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has said the works will be staggered to minimise disruption.

Richard Marr, area highways manager, said: “As highway authority, we strive for balance between the needs of all users of the highway network.

“These users include pedestrians, riders and drivers, plus others such as our highway and bridge engineers and utility companies, who need access and, on occasion, road closures to maintain or repair their infrastructure.

“While every effort will be made to minimise the disruption caused by forthcoming works in Malton and Norton, some delays are inevitable and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“The temporary one-way traffic on Church Street, Norton, is to enable Northern Gas to carry out work to their gas mains.

“Our work to resurface the A169/A64 roundabout will not begin until the gas works have been completed.”

He added: “The closure on Castlegate will be overnight only to enable our bridge engineers to carry out work on County Bridge.”

County Cllr Keane Duncan, who represents Norton, said: “No one is looking forward to several weeks of works - nor the inevitable delays they will bring to Malton and Norton.

“But at least we now know the work will be staggered to minimise disruption.

“It would have been bonkers to close the Old Malton roundabout at the same time as making Church Street one way.”