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£50 Million Bid for A64 Upgrades Between York and Scarborough

A64 Dual Carriageway

4:24pm 10th January 2014

A £50 million bid has been put in for major upgrades to the A64 between York and Scarborough.

Some parts of the road would be widened or dualled to cut traffic jams, but the whole road would not be dualled.

That won't happen for the foreseeable future as there's not enough cash according to the county council.

County Councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways said: “Whilst many people might have aspirations of a dual carriageway all the way to Scarborough, realistically there is not going to be enough Government funding to allow this in the foreseeable future."

“The Local Growth Fund gives us the opportunity to try to do something to improve this important North Yorkshire road and we hope the Government will approve our bid.”

If the project is approved by the government in July, work would start next year and continue until 2021.

It's hoped after then the next stage could see bypasses built around villages between Malton and Scarborough.

Linda Cowling, the Leader of Ryedale District Council, said: “The impact of congestion and slow moving traffic on the A64 east of York has been a big issue for Ryedale and Scarborough councils for a number of years. This has a significant effect on our local economies and making stronger links with York. The announcement of the Government’s Local Growth Fund, which is designed specifically to address these types of problem, has allowed our local councils to come together with the Highways Agency to try and make a start on much needed improvements”.

James Alexander, leader of City of York Council, said: “We are fully supportive of this bid, which would reduce delays and improve safety on a key strategic route in the York area. In particular we welcome the opportunity to increase capacity at the Hopgrove roundabout and resolve safety concerns at a number of junctions east of York where accidents have occurred in recent years.

“This also ties into our on-going preliminary work on a potential major upgrade of York’s northern outer ring road, which is a key component of the work we are doing with both the  £83.5 million transport package for York included in the £1 billion West Yorkshire Plus York Transport Fund which Cabinet endorsed in December and complimentary submissions through the York, North Yorks and East Riding LEP and Local Transport Board ."

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