Councillors urge for A64 upgrade

Traffic builds on the A64 Leeds to Scarborough road outside York.
Traffic builds on the A64 Leeds to Scarborough road outside York.
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The A64 and its future came under the spotlight at a major meeting at County Hall when councillors from Scarborough and Ryedale questioned Roger Wantling - the senior officer for the Highways Agency in Yorkshire.

The meeting, held in Northallerton and chared by County and Scarborough Cllr David Jeffels, raised concerns by the committee about long queues heading to the Yorkshire Coast from West and South Yorkshire at the Hopgrove roundabout on the outskirst of York.

Scarborough Councillors 2007'Cllr David Jeffels - Derwent Valley (Cons)'submitted pic

Scarborough Councillors 2007'Cllr David Jeffels - Derwent Valley (Cons)'submitted pic

Mr Wantling said it was hoped to improve the balance of the traffic light system.

Cllr Jeffels, who is chairman of the county council’s Transport, Economy and Environment scrutiny committee, said other issues raised was the Brambling Fields slip round scheme, under construction on the Malton by-pass, and the long delays in its completition, due, said Mr Wantling, to the wet summer. He said it was now due to be finished by the end of August.

The status of the Rillington-by-pass scheme was also highlighted and Mr Wantling agreed to investigate the matter. Benefits of improvements on the A64 had to be balanced against the cost, he said, in reply to councillors who urged improvements.

Mr Wantling told members of the Moors and Coast and Ryedale Area Committees who attended, that a report, commissioned by the Highways Agency on the Hopgrove Roundabout following the multi-million pound scheme would be sent to the committee for discussion at its next meeting.

Cllr Jeffels said: “The upgrading of the A64 has long been an aspiration for both Scarborough and Ryedale Councils because it is key to attracting new investment.”