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Engine Shed Lane and Ings Lane Highway Improvement Scheme

This webpage introduces the project to improve access to Engine Shed Lane and Ings Lane for businesses and customers including the ultimate aim of creating a new vehicular link to the A629 via the Wyvern Park development.

Latest News

Last Updated 13 January 2022

The District Council’s contractor Galliford Try has completed the piling works to the north and south of Ings Lane. Construction is ongoing with the modular wall in front of the Waste Depot on Engine Shed Lane.

Galliford Try and their sub-contractors are now commencing works to install the precast concrete culverts along Ings Beck with a diversion for vehicles in place as required.

On the 17 January 2022 works will commence on the southern side of Engine Shed Lane directly opposite the District Council’s Waste Management Depot to install drainage, a new footpath and kerbs.

All affected businesses have received an update directly from Galliford Try.

Background

Engine Shed Lane, Ings Lane and The Sidings Business Park is an employment area located to the west of Skipton and home to approximately 50 businesses from a range of sectors including manufacturing, construction and public services. The main access to the Estate is via Carleton New Road along Engine Shed Lane; an unadopted road owned by Craven District Council. The approach to the estate also requires all vehicles to travel through a series of residential areas and to negotiate a number of tight turns including multiple 90 and 180-degree bends.

Although employment activity and growth is vital to the success of Skipton, vehicle movements especially around Carleton New Road and Skipton Railway Station, require better management to provide a more attractive gateway to Skipton, provide opportunities for further improvement to the streetscape and future growth.

To address this issue Craven District Council has secured funding from the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership to develop and implement a scheme that will make it easier for vehicular access to this industrial estate via the Wyvern Park development and the A629, Skipton bypass. In addition, improvements to Engine Shed Lane and Ings Lane will make the area safer, more attractive spaces for all.

Purpose of the Scheme

The purpose of this scheme is to: 

  • Address issues of poor vehicular access to Engine Shed Lane, Ings Lane and The Sidings Business Park.

  • Address the issues of water management along Ings Beck, which flows through the existing industrial estate adjacent to Ings Lane.

To support the above purposes additional works are also being implemented along Gallow Syke, a tributary of Ings Beck which flows through Aireville Park. Further information on this scheme can be found here: Gallow Syke Flood Water Management Scheme

Works to be Delivered 

Phase 1 

  • Culverting of Ings Beck where it runs adjacent to Ings Lane and the installation of additional infrastructure to better manage the flow of water within the industrial estate.

  • The widening of Ings Lane over the new culvert and between the existing fence lines to create a 7.3m wide industrial road.

  • Improvement of Engine Shed Lane east from the junction with Ings Lane to the entrance to The Sidings Business Park.

  • Improvement of Engine Shed Lane east from The Sidings Business Park to the junction with Carleton New Road.


The extent of works to be delivered through this phase can be found on the following plans

Ings Lane Plan 1

Ings Lane Plan 2

Phase 2

  • Design, and subject to securing the necessary consents, construction of a new industrial road connecting Ings Lane with the new road infrastructure as part of Wyvern Park.

Who is delivering the works?

The Council has procured Galliford Try Infrastructure to construct the works.

What are the timescales for delivery of the works?

Phase 1

Initial works of this construction phase commenced in September 2021. Due to the restricted space and the need to stage the works to allow continued access, construction works on Engine Shed Lane and Ings Lane are programmed to continue until the Summer of 2022.

Phase 2

The design works for Phase 2 will continue at the same time as Phase 1 construction. The timescale for the construction of Phase 2 is dependent on the timescales required to apply for and secure the necessary consents and permissions.

How can I continue to be informed about the latest news on the scheme?

General updates will be posted on this webpage as appropriate.

The Council’s contractor; Galliford Try Infrastructure regularly issue newsletters updating on progress and upcoming works. Those businesses or users of Engine Shed Lane and Ings Lane that don’t already receive this newsletter can be added to the list by emailing Kirstie.Murray@Gallifordtry.co.uk.

Galliford Try also make regular visits to surrounding businesses to update on progress and upcoming works that affect specific premises.

How are the construction works in Phase 1 to be delivered?

It is proposed that works in Phase 1 will progress in the following order: 

  1. Piling and retaining wall construction surrounding the Council’s Waste Management Depot.

  2. Culverting of Ings Beck – starting downstream on Ings Beck near the Whitelocks site and continuing upstream towards the Council depot.

  3. Highway works to install drainage, kerbs and footpaths on Engine Shed Lane to the west of The Sidings.

  4. Highway works to install drainage, kerbs and footpaths on Ings Lane.

  5. Resurfacing of the road network.

  6. Connection of new streetlights, lining on the road and signs.

What is being proposed to be constructed along Ings Beck; the river that flows next to Ings Lane?

To provide the necessary physical width to upgrade Ings Lane it is proposed to culvert a 180m stretch of Ings Beck from near to the junction of Engine Shed Lane and Ings Lane extending downstream to immediately west of the PA Thorpe entrance.

This culverting will manage water that passes through the culvert under the railway line. To address the issue of water flowing along Ings Lane as a result of a restriction in the culvert under the railway line it is proposed to install a series of drains adjacent to the Craven District Council depot which will collect water flowing along the road and discharge it into the new culverted section of Ings Beck.

The culvert will extend beyond the entrance to PA Thorpe to create the space to accommodate a new junction for the future delivery of the Wyvern Link Road in Phase 2.

Will the proposed works stop flooding along Ings Lane and adjacent business premises?

The purpose of the scheme is primarily to address vehicular access to the industrial estate; to remove the need to negotiate Carleton New Road / Broughton Road and provide more efficient access to the A629 Skipton bypass.

Although Ings Beck will be culverted, and drainage infrastructure will be improved, including new, high capacity drains next to the District Council Waste depot and works along Gallow Syke, this is primarily to manage the flow of water to allow construction of a wider industrial estate road.

The works will not completely prevent flooding although there will be some improvement during minor, more regular flood events. During large flood events water will continue to surcharge north of the railway, some of which will be collected adjacent to the Council’s Waste Management depot but with some continuing to flow along Ings Lane, new kerbs will help direct this water into new gullies along the road. In the largest flood events the flood risk will continue to be as the current situation.

A large contributory factor to flooding along Ings Lane is the influence of the River Aire which, when flooding to the south of the A629 bypass does not allow water from Ings Beck to discharge causing it to flood on and around Ings Lane. Within the scope of the Engine Shed Lane project it is not possible to address the larger flooding impact caused by the River Aire.

As a result of the proposed scheme Ings Beck and neighbouring properties will not see an increased flood risk but will continue to be at risk of flooding. To ensure the risk does not increase this has been confirmed through a detailed custom designed flood model produced by WSP and checked by the Environment Agency. The design of the scheme has then been subject to further review by the Environment Agency to secure permits required for the permanent and temporary works to culvert Ings Beck.

How will vehicular access to Engine Shed Lane / Ings Lane operate when each of the phases is complete?

Following the completion of Phase 1; culverting of Ings Beck, widening of Ings Lane and improvement to Engine Shed Lane, vehicular access will continue as per the existing road network via the junction of Engine Shed Lane and Carleton New Road. None of the works being delivered in this phase will reduce or restrict existing vehicular access to businesses on the Industrial Estate.

Following the approval and delivery of Phase 2; construction of the Wyvern Link Road it is expected that all HGVs and most other vehicles will primarily access the Industrial Estate via the Wyvern Park link road and the A629, Skipton western bypass.

Once the link road is in place a further decision will be made with regard to the future use of Engine Shed Lane, from the junction with The Sidings Business Park to Carleton New Road

Why are you not providing a footpath on the full length of Engine Shed Lane through Phase 1?

The available width of Engine Shed Lane and the physical constraints do not provide enough space to install a dedicated footpath. If a footpath was installed it would prevent necessary access for vehicles on the only route into Engine Shed Lane and businesses.

The scheme will look to make this area safer for pedestrians by installing speed cushions to reduce vehicle speeds, installation of street lighting and signage warning of pedestrians.

How can I find out or be made aware of potential flood events?

The Environment Agency has a flood warning service which is free for single site homes and businesses at risk of flooding.

To sign up for the service visit https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings

Where can I view the proposed scheme for Engine Shed Lane and Ings Lane?

Overview drawings are available to download on this page which show the proposed highway scheme including widening of Ings Lane and Engine Shed Lane, proposed drainage infrastructure and road markings.

What consents and permissions are required for this scheme?

The water management proposals within the scheme have been designed by WSP and have been submitted to the Environment Agency for a bespoke environmental permit. The purpose of this permit is to confirm that as a result of the proposal there will be no increased risk of flooding to premises along the beck.

The proposed link road extending from Ings Lane to connect with the new road network on Wyvern Park will be submitted to the Local Planning Authority to for planning permission.

How will access be maintained to businesses during construction?

WSP and Galliford Try are considering the phasing and approach to constructing the scheme. The contractor will aim to maintain vehicular access as much as possible with closures only taking place when necessary. Working and weekends and evenings is being considered.

Galliford Try and their sub-contractors issue monthly newsletters and contact individual businesses when works have the potential to cause disruption. To keep up to date on progress with the scheme please contact Kirstie.Murray@Gallifordtry.co.uk.

Will work be needed to my premises?

Where works impact on a specific business they will be contacted directly to discuss as appropriate.

Some businesses may require the installation of drainage (or ACO) drains across their entrance which will be discussed with individual businesses as appropriate. 

Who will be responsible for maintaining the road and water infrastructure? 

As the current owner of the majority of Engine Shed Lane, Craven District Council will continue to maintain Engine Shed Lane in its ownership from its junction with Carleton New Road to Ings Lane. 

Following the construction of the new infrastructure the District Council (or any future successor Council) has committed to maintaining the new drainage, culverts and road network until part or all of the road is formally adopted by the Local Highway Authority. 

What work is being delivered at the Council’s Waste Management Depot? 

Although being delivered at the same time, a sperate project within the District Council is delivering a scheme that will deliver a new facility for the operation of the Council’s Waste Management service. 

Further details on this scheme, including updates and contact information can be found at Construction of New Waste Depot www.cravendc.gov.uk/waste-recycling/construction-of-new-waste-depot

How will the upcoming Local Government Reorganisation affect the scheme? 

The Government has announced that from 1 April 2023 that the existing Councils in North Yorkshire, including Craven District Council and North Yorkshire County Council will be abolished. The existing Councils will be replaced by a single, new Council for North Yorkshire. 

It is anticipated that the construction works in Phase 1 will be completed prior to this date and should be unaffected by this change. Design works for Phase 2 will continue to be developed; responsibility for delivery may transfer to the new Council for North Yorkshire. 

It is expected that the assets and infrastructure owned by Craven District Council will be transferred to the new Council for North Yorkshire. 

How is the work being funded? 

In addition to committing some of its own financial resources the District Council has secured a Government ‘Local Growth Fund’ grant via the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the scheme. The work in this project forms part of the wider ‘Employment and Housing Growth in Skipton’ project.