COUNCIL chiefs have hailed the new Brambling Fields junction on the A64 – describing it as a “major investment” in Ryedale.
A new aerial photograph reveals the scale of the work that was carried out by the Highways Agency and opened to motorists last month.
Funded jointly by Ryedale District Council and North Yorkshire County Council, the junction allows eastbound traffic to use the A64 to bypass Malton to reach Norton –- without having to make the stop-start journey through the centre of Malton and over the River Derwent and York-Scarborough railway line.
The congestion associated with the route to Norton led to Malton’s centre being designated an Air Quality Management Area and was providing an effective block to potential new investment, jobs and development in Malton and Norton.
The county council now intends to monitor traffic levels at the junction and on roads around Malton and Norton for at least six months before considering possible traffic management measures within the centre of the towns to ensure that the new junction is being well used.
“This project has been long been recognised locally as essential for the future of Malton and Norton and Ryedale District Council, in partnership with the County Council and local people, have fought for many years for this major road upgrade – during a time of very limited funding for new infrastructure’ said Cllr Keith Knaggs, leader of Ryedale District Council.
County Cllr Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive Member for Highways and Planning Services, added: “This new slip road means that we can improve the air quality in Malton town centre, make it a better and safer place for business and shopping and bring forward new jobs and homes for Ryedale people.”
“This scheme represents a major investment by the County Council in improving conditions in the centre of Malton and Norton by removing traffic including heavy vehicles and has resulted from close working with Ryedale District Council and the Highways Agency.”