Stamford Bridge repairs project

An essential repair scheme is to be carried out to strengthen the historic road bridge at Stamford Bridge following years of damage to its parapets.

A £350,000 repair scheme to improve road safety on the Grade II listed structure is due to begin on Monday 20 May and will run for between eight to 10 weeks. As part of the project, the single-lane bridge controlled by traffic lights - which carries the A166 over the River Derwent will be closed to all traffic. A temporary, signed diversion will be put in place for traffic travelling along the popular Driffield to York route for the duration of the project.

The neighbouring footbridge will stay open during the work.

As part of the repair scheme, rows of stone bricks on parapets on both sides of the bridge will be replaced by similar local stone, sourced from Whitby, and the walls will be strengthened. Warning bollards will also be installed on approach to the bridge to indicate its width with the aim of preventing further strikes.

This page will provide you with the latest official information relating to the repair of Stamford Bridge. All future updates on activity will be published on this page.

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Diversion route

Diversion route in place whilst Stamford Bridge is closed to traffic:

Stamford Bridge diversion route (pdf 3.3mb)

Route file updated 15 April 2024.

Frequently asked questions

When will work start?

The essential repair scheme to strengthen the road bridge is due to begin on Monday 20 May at 10am. The bridge will be closed for up to 10 weeks however the footbridge will stay open during the works.

Who is the contractor undertaking the scheme?

The scheme will be carried out on behalf of the council by contractor Esh Construction along with specialist stonemason subcontractors.

What work is being undertaken during closure?

Works will include the following:

  • Removal of damaged sections of the grade listed stone parapets
  • Installation of replacement stone sections
  • Repointing of stone mortar joints with lime mortar
  • Installation of pre warning bollards to reduce future bridge strikes.

How will residents and road users be informed throughout the works?

A dedicated Facebook group has been set up to communicate with those impacted by the bridge closure, you can join the group here: StamfordBridge or sign up to our dedicated newsletter: StamfordBridge/Newsletter

We are also working with Stamford Bridge Parish Council to keep local residents informed, including updates in its printed newsletter.

Signage will also be placed on surrounding routes to warn road users that the bridge is closed.

Will support be offered to businesses?

There is no statutory provision for compensation if a business is affected by road works including these bridge improvements.

The council’s regular business services are available to all businesses, giving access to 1-2-1 advice as well as what grants are available. However support cannot directly compensate for cash losses due to the bridge closure.

For further information please visit Invest East Yorkshire - Business support.

If you would like to talk to a member of the team, please email in the first instance.

Will the road surface along Long Lane be addressed?

The council’s highways improvement team is planning to undertake a maintenance programme along Long Lane and Lofthouse Lane, Low Catton.

This is to ensure any potholes are repaired along the diversion route in advance of the bridge closure on 20 May.

Will Dolegate be closed at the same time as the bridge?

We are working together with North Yorkshire Council and City of York Council to ensure there are no conflicts between the road works. The Dolegate works will be carried out after the road bridge closure, with works starting later this year.

How will school transport be affected?

York Pullman has confirmed that the 748 school bus to Archbishop Holgate will not be amending its timetable as there is enough time factored into the current timetable to take into consideration the amended route and additional traffic.

East Yorkshire Buses has confirmed that the buses operating via Stamford Bridge to Woldgate School will depart the depot earlier but will run as normal from the timetabled routes.

We will continue to review the impact on school transport over the period of the closure and amendments will be made if required.

How will public transport be affected?

East Yorkshire Buses - service 747

An essential repair scheme is to be carried out to strengthen the historic road bridge at Stamford Bridge. Service 747 will have the following diversions:

For Journeys to York:

From A166 via Burton Fields Road, Battleflats Way, Moor Road, Church Road, High Catton Road to A1079.

For Journeys from York:

From A1079, via High Catton Road, Church Road, Moor Road, Battleflats Way, Burton Fields Road to A166.

To view the 747 service on the East Yorkshire buses website visit: East Yorkshire Buses - 747

First Bus York - Service 10

The service 10 will use the lamppost outside of the Rosti factory and the layby on the A166 opposite the Rosti factory as temporary bus stops. The lamppost will have signage installed to make the stop clear to the public, the layby will be coned to stop people from parking there.

The route will come in on the A166, down Buttercrambe Road and turn around in the Rosti HGV entrance. The bus will then come back up Buttercrambe Road to the A166.

To view the 10 service on the First Bus York website visit:

First Bus York - Route Maps

Will measures be put in place to make village roads safer?

A temporary 30mph speed limit will be in place on Buttercrambe road to reduce the speed of traffic. Signage will be installed to inform road users.

Temporary traffic lights will be installed at the bridge and manually operated between 6am and 6pm, seven days a week to assist road users.

A temporary 40mph speed limit will be in place on the approaches to High Catton to reduce the speed of traffic. Signage will be installed to inform road users. Temporary traffic lights will be installed at the junction and manually operated between 6am and 6pm, seven-days-a-week to assist road users.

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