Major new steps towards the long-awaited upgrading of the A64 are to be decided by Ryedale councillors tomorrow night.
The district council’s policy and resources committee is to give the green light to a Memorandum of Understanding for an improvement strategy for the key trunk road between West Yorkshire and the Yorkshire coast which, says Head of Economy and Infrastructure, Julian Rudd, will lead to a big boost to Ryedale’s economy.
The Memorandum will combine the efforts of the councils of Ryedale, Scarborough Borough, York, North Yorkshire County as well as the influential North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the county’s Local Transport Body, he added.
The aim will be to carry out multi-million schemes to improve safety, congestion, accessibility and journey-times on the busy 60 mile long road. It will include design work for long term improvements – post 2021 – among them village by-passes east of Malton.
“Improvement of the A64 through Ryedale has been a priority for RDC for decades,” says Mr Rudd in his report to the committee.
The LEP had put forward a strategic economic plan to the Government which calls for improvements to the A64.