MP calls for money to fund A64 improvements

THE Government is coming under increasing pressure to commit to multi-million pound improvements on the A64 between York and Scarborough to ensure the beleaguered economy is not stifled.

The protracted battle for a long-awaited upgrade to the road is being intensified as Ministers have been warned the region’s economy could be severely hampered without the improvements.

One of the most vocal campaigners, MP Anne McIntosh, revealed that she has written to the Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, in the hope of securing finance for the scheme.

Miss McIntosh, who is the Conservative MP for Malton and Filey, has already sent a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, calling for money to be set aside from the Regional Growth Fund.

She claimed there are “compelling economic and strategic arguments” for improving the 35-mile stretch of road, and raised concerns over the A64’s safety record.

Sections of the A64 between York and Scarborough are among the county’s worst speeding blackspots.