Keldgate closure continues as Beverley motorists face frustrating delays
The closure of Keldgate is continuing to cause delays for drivers in Beverley today.
A collapsed wall meant the road had to be shut on Tuesday night.
East Riding Council initially hoped to reopen the road overnight on Tuesday, but Keldgate remained closed this morning between Eastgate and the Queensgate roundabout.
In a statement, the council said: "Unfortunately, progress has been slower than originally anticipated due to the wall's proximity to gas and electrical supplies and the emergence of further structural defects connected to underground systems.
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"Yorkshire Water, drainage and highways engineers are on site to ascertain whether repairs are needed to the sewer and any associated work.
"Until such a time as the wall can be made safe and excavation works are undertaken to identify the extent of any damage under the carriageway and footpath, Keldgate will remain closed between the Eastgate and Queensgate mini roundabouts.
"Access will be maintained at all times for residents and a diversion will be in place via Lairgate, Hengate, New Walkergate and Railway Street."
Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at the council, said: "The council's contractor is on site carrying out the necessary works to make the wall safe.
"The temporary road closure is required due to the size of the wall and its proximity to the highway, footpath and neighbouring properties.
"At present, the extent of the damage underground is still to be determined and will require further excavation works to ascertain a solution. Therefore, the council cannot guarantee when the road will re-open at this time.
"The council apologises for the inconvenience this will cause, however these works are being undertaken as expediently as possible and are in the interests of public safety."
The closure adds to problems for drivers entering Beverley on York Road who are delayed by temporary traffic lights.
Meanwhile, emergency teams were working to restore electricity to the area after a power cut last night.