A decades-long campaign to improve the busy A64 road between York and Scarborough to aid the economies of Ryedale and Scarborough, has been given a major boost with news that a bid is being made to spend £50m on the key trunk route linking the area to the national road network of the M1, M62 and A1.
North Yorkshire County Council, Ryedale District Council and Scarborough Borough Council have worked as a consortium with the City of York Council and the Highways Agency to submit a bid to the Government’s recently announced Local Growth Fund.
County Cllr Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways, said the consortium has bid for £50 million over a six year period. If successful the money will help to fund targeted improvement schemes such as widening or dualling some sections of the A64 which, he added, would improve journeys between York, Ryedale and the coast, as well as support potential growth opportunities.
But he added: ”While 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 to happen in the foreseeable future.
“The Local Growth Fund (LGF) 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.”
The Leader of Ryedale District Council, Cllr Linda Cowling, 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 impact on our local economies. The LGF has enabled our local councils to come together with the Highways Agency to try and make a start on much needed improvements.”
Cllr James Alexander, Leader of York council, added: “We are fully supportive of this bid which would reduce delays and improve safety on a key strategic route. 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.”