A6108 road

The A6108 road is an A road in North Yorkshire, England. It runs from the south of Scotch Corner to Ripon going via Richmond and Leyburn across the moors and the valleys of Swaledale and Wensleydale.[1] The road is 37 miles (60 km) long, but through traffic between the two destinations will find a shorter route 26 miles (42 km) by going south on the A1.[2] The route is single carriageway for its entire length.

The route was closed for traffic on 5 July 2014 between Leyburn and Ripon to accommodate Stage One of the Tour De France.[3]

UK road A6108

A6108
Major junctions
North end(South of) Scotch Corner
54°26′32″N 1°40′15″W / 54.4422°N 1.6709°W
  A6055
A6136
A684
A61
South endRipon
54°08′37″N 1°30′49″W / 54.1436°N 1.5135°W
Road network

Settlements on the route

Description of route

The road starts south of Scotch Corner, heading south then southwest over Skeeby Beck on a 17th and 18th century bridge through Skeeby[4] and into Richmond. In Richmond town there is a junction with the A6136 road to Catterick Garrison and Catterick Bridge. The road takes the northern flank of the town and heads west, out alongside the River Swale crossing the river at Lownethwaite which is 1-mile (1.6 km) out of Richmond. 2 12 miles (4.0 km) out of Richmond, the road heads south through Downholme.[5] The road has a sharp 90° turn to the southwest and an almost immediate 90° turn south east at Walburn Hall on the edge of Wathgill Army Camp. After this there is a short run to the junction with the Catterick road where the A6108 turns onto the unclassified road at a 90° angle south westwards at a T-Junction.[5]

The road now follows the route of the Richmond to Lancaster Turnpike, which is why it turns onto and off this road via T-junctions.[6] After a mile (1.6 km) there is a sharp 90° turn off the road to the south where the A6108 continues through Bellerby and dropping down into Leyburn where it meets the road from Reeth and then the A684. The A6108 then runs in tandem with the A684 south east through Leyburn centre for less than half a mile and turns off south going over the River Ure at Middleham Bridge[7] and ascending a slight incline into Middleham where the road curves to the east.[8]

It carries on in an eastwards direction until it crosses the River Cover where it heads due south into East Witton and then east again through the village following a rough south easterly direction through Jervaulx and Low Ellington for 7 miles (11 km) until it enters Masham. Here the road heads east over the River Ure again before heading south east into West Tanfield (over the Ure) and down through North Stainley where Lightwater Valley is on the western side of the road.[8]

The road enters Ripon 10 miles (16 km) after leaving Masham and heads east at the junction with North Road on the old A61, across North Bridge (over the River Ure) and then it has a roundabout junction the A61 bypass around Ripon.[5]

Safety

A section of the route from Halfpenny House Junction (where the A6108 meets the unclassified road from Catterick Garrison) is known locally as the Tank Road.[9] The British Army training estate beyond Catterick Garrison to the west is used for Infantry and armoured transport training. The road was widened and flattened out, which means high speeds can be attained in an area where the roads are narrow and slow going. This has led to many accidents, especially on the intersections in the road.

During the period between January 2001 and November 2004, the area around halfpenny House was designated an accident cluster in the local Traffic Management Study published in 2007. A total of 9 accidents occurred here including 5 where drivers lost control on the bends.[10] Drivers have been warned by North Yorkshire Police about safety, especially as the roads are prone to icing over in winter, which adds to the danger.[11]

Traffic calming measures were implemented outside the Secondary School in Richmond in 2008 and new signage was erected on the unclassified road leading to Halfpenny House Junction on the A6108.[12]

Middleham Bridge

Middleham Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 28582
The north to south approach onto Middleham Bridge on the A6108 in North Yorkshire. The height restriction is shown on the bridge and the traffic priority sign can be seen on the left.

The suspension bridge over the River Ure at Middleham is subject to a height restriction of 13-foot (4-metre) with poor advanced signage.[13] The road over the bridge is only able to sustain one way traffic, with the priority given to vehicles exiting Middleham (i.e. going north to Leyburn).[14] The bridge is castellated with stone beams going widthways across the structure. This accounts for the height restriction as the bridge goes over the river and not under a railway or canal.[15]

The mock medieval towers were built in 1829 when crossing the bridge required paying a toll. The bridge itself lies on the position of a ferry crossing.[16]

References

  1. ^ Simon 2011, pp. 184–185.
  2. ^ "Scotch Corner – Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki". www.sabre-roads.org.uk. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  3. ^ "North Yorkshire County Council (Tour De France) Traffic Management Special Event Order 2014 No 195". North Yorkshire County Council. p. 7. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Skeeby Bridge (1131550)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "98" (Map). Northallerton & Ripon. 1:50,000. Landranger. Ordnance Survey. 2016. ISBN 9780319261972.
  6. ^ Wright 1985, p. 183.
  7. ^ Simon 2011, p. 212.
  8. ^ a b Collins Britain Big Road Atlas 2009 (Map). 1:200,000. Collins Bartholomew. 2008. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-00-727240-2.
  9. ^ "Two teenagers still in critical condition after two-car smash at Bellerby Camp, near Leyburn". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Catterick and Catterick Garrison Traffic Management Strategy Final Report". North Yorkshire County Council. 28 March 2007. p. 21. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Man who helped crash driver killed by another vehicle". BBC News. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  12. ^ Gresty, Gordon. "Local Transport Plan progress 206/2007". North Yorkshire County Council. pp. 7, 8. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Leyburn Traffic Management Study" (PDF). northyorks.gov.uk. 28 November 2006. p. 18.
  14. ^ "Middleham Bridge – Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki". www.sabre-roads.org.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Middleham Bridge – Middleham – North Yorkshire – England, British Listed Buildings". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  16. ^ Wright 1985, p. 195.

Bibliography

  • Simon, Jos. The Rough Guide to Yorkshire. London, UK: Rough Guides, 2011. ISBN 978-1-84836-603-9.
  • Wright, Geoffrey. Roads and trackways of the Yorkshire Dales. Ashbourne, UK: Moorland Publishing, 1985. ISBN 0-86190-410-9.

Coordinates: 54°16′58″N 1°47′20″W / 54.2827°N 1.7889°W

A6055 road

The A6055 is a 25-mile (40 km) stretch of road in North Yorkshire that runs from Knaresborough to Boroughbridge, with a break, then starts up again at Junction 50 of the A1(M) to run parallel with A1(M) acting as a Local Access Road (LAR) going between Junction 50 and 56 at Barton. Responsibility for the route rests with the Highways Agency, as it is designated as a primary route associated with the A1(M) upgrade.

A6136 road

The A6136 is a 4 digit A road in North Yorkshire, England. It begins in the market town of Richmond as "Station Road" (this refers to the old station that used to be present on this road). Moving on, it reaches the outer suburbs of Richmond. Passing through sparse woodland, it soon enters the outer suburbs of another town, Catterick Garrison; this is the main road through the town. The road passes the town centre of the garrison and goes through its suburbs, Colburn and Walkerville. Just after leaving Walkerville it used to cross over the A1 road uniquely splitting off in two directions, the south heading for Catterick Village and the north heading for Brompton-on-Swale, both meeting the A1 southbound and northbound.

With the A1(M) upgrade from Leeming to Barton, the A6136 now meets the A6055 Local Access Road (LAR) west of the motorway and goes across a new overbridge which replaced the old Fort Bridge. The A6055 and the A6136 run together as the A6055 through Catterick Bridge and utilising the old northern A1 junction to form a new LAR on the west side of the new motorway. This northern route will connect with the A6108 road just south of Scotch Corner. The old south fork from Catterick Bridge to Marne Barracks will become an unclassified road. The former Fort railway bridge was removed intact and is to be used by the Wensleydale Railway in bridging a gap just west of Redmire station.

Downholme

Downholme is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 4 miles (6 km) west from the market town of Richmond and 16 miles (26 km) west from the county town of Northallerton. The village lies close to the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The population as taken in the ONS Census of 2011 was less than 100. Details are included in the parish of Hudswell

Masham

Masham ( MASS-əm) is a small market town and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It had a population of 1,205 at the 2011 census.In Wensleydale, on the western bank of the River Ure, the name derives from the Anglo-Saxon "Mæssa's Ham", the homestead belonging to Mæssa. The Romans had a presence here, but the first permanent settlers were the Angles. Around 900 AD the Vikings invaded, burning and laying waste to the church. They also introduced sheep farming, for which the town is still known.

Masham branch

The Masham branch was a 7 3⁄4-mile (12.5 km) long North Eastern Railway built single track branch railway line that ran between a junction on the Harrogate to Northallerton line at Melmerby to Masham, North Yorkshire, via one intermediate station, Tanfield.

North Lees

North Lees is a hamlet in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It is about 1.9 miles (3 km) north of Ripon on the A6108 road. The village is just south of Lightwater Valley and is served by a bus service four times a day between Ripon and Leyburn.On the south eastern side of the village is the remains of a medieval moat and possibly the site of a Pele tower. Land towards the south western side was used as a firing range during the First World War. Other medieval (and possibly Roman) earthworks have been destroyed when the A6108 road was widened in the 20th century.On 5 July 2014, the Tour de France Stage 1 from Leeds to Harrogate passed through the village.

Skeeby

Skeeby is a village and civil parish about 18 miles (29 km) north-west of the county town of Northallerton in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England.

A roads in Zone 6 of the Great Britain road numbering scheme

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