MORE than five weeks of misery for drivers heading towards Skipton on the A59 could come to an end on Friday.

Maintenance work to Inghey Bridge, near Broughton, started on October 1, requiring traffic light controlled single lane traffic.

It also meant the closure of Broughton Road at its 'local traffic' junction with the A59.

Together with roadworks taking place in Carleton, motorists have faced long queues in both directions.

North Yorkshire County Council, says weather permitting, work will finish on Friday - when it was expected to.

A spokesman said: “Essential re-waterproofing and resurfacing work was begun at Inghey Bridge on the A59 west of Skipton on October 1. Work is progressing well and it is hoped it will be complete and the two-way lights removed allowing the closure on Broughton Road to be lifted on Friday evening. This is dependent on no weather interruptions during the rest of this week.”