Bypass near Filey earmarked for improvement after county council receive extra £3.9m from government

North Yorkshire County Council has said it will be able to carry out its biggest ever programme of road improvements after being given an extra £3.9m of government funds.

By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Monday, 18th May 2020, 10:38 am
The A165 Gristhorpe bypass near Filey. Picture from Google Streetview
The A165 Gristhorpe bypass near Filey. Picture from Google Streetview

The authority has now been allocated a total of £52.6million to spend on roads, pathways, cycle routes and infrastructure projects.

It said more than 500 individual schemes are being drawn up for locations including Leeds Road in Harrogate, Gristhorpe bypass in Filey and several locations in Richmond.

Coun Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “Every time we fix a road or a footpath, walkers, cyclists and motorists benefit.

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“Highways improvements are for everyone and not just for those who drive cars.

“Well maintained roads are essential for a prosperous economy, the emergency services require them as they go about their duty saving lives – everyone across the county relies on them to one degree or another so this funding is very welcome.”

Earlier this week, the government announced a £250m emergency active travel fund aimed at delivering improvements for cycling and walking.

Campaigners in Harrogate have called on the council to “seize the opportunity” of lockdown to make long term improvements.

The proposals include pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors.

But full details of how much will be allocated to each local authority are yet to be revealed.

Coun Mackenzie said: “We are already working on proposals with regard to this funding and hope to have more information in the near future.”

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