Cash injection to trigger A64 improvements

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Thousands of pounds is set to be used by Ryedale District Council to trigger improvements to the A64 road and towards creating a cycle track between Malton and Pickering.

The authority’s policy and resources committee is being recommended at its meeting tomorrow night to earmark £20,000 for the A64 and £3,000 for the cycle route.

In a report to councillors, Julian Rudd, the head of economy and infrastructure, said the money is the residue of the council’s development fund, set up to spear-head major projects.

Three have already benefitted – the Malton and Norton improvement at Brambling Fields, Malton Livestock Market and the big development scheme planned at the Food, Environment and Rural (FERA) campus at Sand Hutton.

Improvements to the A64 are currently being drawn up by the North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership to submit to the government.

“Malton and Norton are seen in the strategic economic plan as he key growth towns in the area between York and Scarborough,” he said.

“The authorities covering the A64 route are working in partnership with the Highways Agency to identify improvements and bring forward construction-ready schemes for the York to Scarborough section.”

Feasibility studies are being carried out with the aim of improving the stretch between the between Hopgrove Roundabout and the start of the dual carriageway at the Jinnah Restaurant, and at the FERA site at Sand Hutton which has become the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus.

Officers from Ryedale, Scarborough and North Yorkshire council are proposing that a study is also carried out on the stretches of the A64 at the Crambeck to Musley Bank junction, south west of Malton and Brambling Fields to Staxton roundabout, east of Norton.

The cycle route project aims to connect Malton, Norton and Pickering, focusing on the A169 road, and making a safe route to such major employment sites as Flamingo Land and the Ryedale Exhibition and Leisure Village at Pickering.

RDC is contributing £3,000 towards the £22,000 project cost.