NORTHERN Gas Networks has said it hopes to reopen a section of Marton Road, Gargrave, as 'soon as possible' following work involving closure of the road.

The section of road, from Church Street to the junction of the Pennine Way, will be closed from Bank Holiday Monday, May 29, with work expected to take up to a week.

A diversion will take motorists to the A59 at Broughton and to West Marton where they can head back to Gargrave via Little Stainton and Bank Newton.

Matt Judge, site manager at Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working in conjunction with North Yorkshire and Craven Councils with regards to the closure of Marton Road.

“Advanced warning signs have been on display in the area since May 15 to give people as much notice as possible.

“Diversion signs will be in place for vehicles, however, residents who live on Marton Road will still be able to access the centre of the village on foot if they wish to do so. The diversion will take commuters from Pennine Way, down Church Street to the junction of the A59, once on the A59 they will be directed at West Marton to travel up Gledstone Road, through Bank Newton and then back on to Marton Road.”

“Our aim is to complete the work within one week and we hope that there are no unforeseen circumstances once work begins.

“Please bear with us, we will work hard to complete the work as quickly as is safely possible, and apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused.”

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.