WORK to stop flooding problems in a village is due to start next month.

The work in Sherburn will be carried out alongside the much-needed crossroad junction improvements and will take about eight weeks.

It will include installing new combined kerb drainage units and new pipework and manholes to enable improved discharge of the surface water into the surrounding existing drainage network, new controlled pedestrian crossing facilities on the northern and southern arms to the crossroads and improvements to the crossing on the western arm and replacing some of the traffic signal equipment.

The news has been welcomed by Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake. “Local residents have been understandably frustrated by flooding in Sherburn as a result of excess rain making the drains backup resulting in the whole road flooding,” he said.

“Although Highways England has cleared ditches, drains and gullies around the affected areas, which helped a bit, this was not enough and an alternative and long-term solution was needed. I have kept in close contact with Highways England and am delighted that finally work is about to start.”

Chris Dunn, from Highways England, said: “This is an extremely challenging scheme and in order to rebuild a brand new drainage system within the junction whilst maintaining the day today running of the A64 and surrounding area, 24-hour traffic management will need be in place.

“We have proposed to close the access to Sked Dale for approximately four weeks and will run the remaining three arms of the junction/crossroads on temporary signals. This will allow the site teams to work safely and efficiently and ensure that congestion is kept to a minimum in the village throughout the work.”