A SENIOR councillor has warned that the cost of the new, under construction road to bypass the landslip prone section of the A59 at Kex Gill could rise by £5million.

Contractors have completed clearing an area next to the A59 between Skipton and Harrogate ahead of building the new three-mile stretch of road.

Work on the £68.8m project began in February last year and will see a new road built beginning at North Moor Road and re-joining the A59 at its junction to West End.

Councillor Simon Myers (Con, Mid Craven), who sits on the decision-making executive of North Yorkshire Council, told a meeting of Gargrave Parish Council that rising costs of construction could see the project increase by ten percent; but he added North Yorkshire Council was in a 'robust financial position' and safeguards were in place.

The Department of Transport is providing £56.1m with the remaining money coming from North Yorkshire Council.

The project is now due to be finished in autumn 2025.