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Disappointment as York Ring Road & A64 Miss Out on Road Cash - Again!

A64 Dual Carriageway

3:25pm 1st December 2014

There has been anger and disappointment as plans to dual York's Outer Ring Road and the A64 in Ryedale have again missed out on government cash.

The government's announced £15 billion of investment, with improvements for the A1, M1 and M62 revealed.

But there has been concern that the investment appears to have focussed on major cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, raising fears rural areas like North Yorkshire are being left behind.

A plan to turn the Hopgrove Roundabout into a flyover, in a similar fashion to the A19 and Grimston Bar junctions, was announced but work will not begin on this project until 2021 at the earliest.

Susie Cawood from the York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce tells Minster FM that's not soon enough.

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy has said he's "disappointed" that the Outer Ring Road and A64 have again missed out on the cash needed to dual them. He tells Minster FM he's hoping to raise the issue with Chancellor during the Autumn Statement on Wednesday.

Julian Sturdy is concerned rural areas like North Yorkshire are being missed out.

Former Mayor of Malton, Martin Dales, was angered that the A64 was missing out on cash again. He said in a statement:

“Why is yet more money going to be lavished on the A64 Hopgrove Roundabout  whilst the rest of the A64 eastwards towards Malton, North York Moors & Scarborough is left as inadequate a road as it is? If the rail line from York to Scarborough becomes a branch line, it will confirm in the minds of many that no one is interested in economic growth east of York.”

But Chancellor George Osborne is confident his new roads programme will boost the economy. Speaking about the project as a whole he said:

I promised when I was in the North East that we would address this area’s economic needs for the future.

''Our long term economic plan means today we can invest £2.3 billion into the infrastructure in the North East and Yorkshire to improve, repair and expand our roads. This is all about investing in the Northern Powerhouse we are seeking to build.

“Our plans will transform some of the country’s most important strategic routes, and ambitious projects such as the upgrade of the A1, as well as spending on important local infrastructure, will boost productivity and help the local economy of the North East.

“For years our roads have been neglected. Now that this government is fixing the economy, we can afford to invest properly in our roads – unlocking jobs and local growth by creating a road network that is fit for the 21st century.”

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