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Top York Politicians Meet to Discuss Outer Ring Road Improvements


6:57pm 10th January 2014

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy is hopeful plans to upgrade York's Outer Ring Road will be "kickstarted" after top politicians in the city met to discuss ways to improve the road and deal with traffic jams.

It comes after David Cameron's visit to the city in October, when he told Minster FM's Kevin Larkin that the Outer Ring Road could be "like a car park".


A meeting was held today with Julian Sturdy, York Central MP Hugh Bayley, York Council leader James Alexander, Lib Dem leader Keith Aspden and Green leader Andy D'Agorne. Cabinet member for Transport Dave Merrett and officers from York and North Yorkshire councils were also there.

After the Prime Minister's visit, council leader James Alexander called for all the city's top politicians to get round the table to discuss Outer Ring Road improvements but was hopeful the cash to pay for it could be found through closer links with West Yorkshire.

In November, James Alexander said:

“I have been working closely with colleagues in West Yorkshire of all political persuasions to make government devolution to us work for York. This government flagship policy is a big step forward that could see us access funding to see a major upgrade on York’s outer ring road. We are putting aside political differences to make this work.”

Earlier today North Yorkshire County Council submitted a £50 million bid for improvements to the A64, we asked Julian Sturdy if the campaign to improve York's Outer Ring Road was lagging behind.


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