Selby and Pickering suffer in transport cutbacks
6:53pm 20th October 2010
The axe has swung at North Yorkshire County Council's transport plan due to spending cuts.
Junction improvements on the A170 near Pickering have been scrapped, along with work on Station Road in Selby.
Bridge ramps and cycle schemes in Skipton are another casualty, as well as traffic signals in Whitby.
The authority says it has to reprioritised its programmes following a reduction in funding from central government.
Regional cash has dropped by 25%, down to just over £4.5 million.
County Councillor Gareth Dadd, the Executive Member for Highways said:
"Making cuts of 25 per cent is never going to be easy and inevitably there will be winners and losers. We have tried to minimise the impact on local people and wherever possible have given a priority to road safety. We have also been able to protect the contribution this funding was making to repairing last winter's damage to our roads. We've had to make some difficult decisions to achieve the required savings but we do still have £13.5m from the Regional Funding Allocation to invest in transport in the County."
The five schemes removed from the programme are:
" A170 Vivis Lane Junction Improvement in Pickering
" A1041 Park Street / Station Road junction improvement in Selby.
" Joint Towpath /cycleway scheme in Skipton
" Improvements to Gallows Bridge ramps in Skipton
" A171 Mayfield traffic signals in Whitby.
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