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New Transport Secretary to Intervene in A64 Dual Carriageway Bid

New Transport Secretary to Intervene in A64 Dual Carriageway Bid

Published by Matthew Pells at 2:42pm 9th September 2019. (Updated at 2:50pm 9th September 2019)

Filey MP, Kevin Hollinrake, says the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps MP and Roads Minister, Baroness Vere have promised to speak urgently with Highways England about the proposed dualling of the A64.

Mr Hollinrake says that following a meeting between himself, the ministers and Scarborough and Whitby MP, Robert Goodwill, the ministers have promised to review the situation in the light of what Mr Hollinrake describes as "Highways England’s failure to take into account the expected increase in traffic volume following the proposed dualling of A1237 ring road which joins the A64 at Hopgrove roundabout."

Mr Hollinrake said

“Time is running out if the much needed A64 improvements are to be included in the Department of Transport’s Road Investment Strategy (RIS-2), which is expected to be announced in November. Mr Goodwill and I, along with the A64 Growth Partnership Group, which includes Local Enterprise partnerships, NYCC and Ryedale District Council have repeatedly made the case to Highways England that its current assessment of the value for money for the improvements does not fully allow for future developments. This includes the upgrade of the A1237 ring road, which would significantly increase traffic levels at that section of the A64 in addition to higher volumes already expected from housing developments and increased business activity according to Highways England’s own calculations in its A64 Hopgrove Feasibiity study. We have asked them urgently to review its business case but we are still waiting for Highways England to report back.”

Highways England is due to meet with Mr Hollinrake and four of his Yorkshire colleagues in mid-October, including Robert Goodwill MP (Scarborough and Whitby), Julian Sturdy MP (York Outer), Nigel Adams MP (Selby) and Greg Knight MP (East Yorkshire) to update them on the progress of its review and the expected outcome.

Mr Hollinrake said

“We had a very good meeting. I am grateful to the new Secretary of State and Roads Minister for taking this hugely important matter up so promptly. We do not have a moment to waste. The Department of Transport is expected to announce its transport investment priorities in the Autumn, so it is clearly imperative that all the necessary business case reviews have been completed well before that date so that the Transport Department is left in no doubt about how important these much needed improvements are for the region. If we fail, we could have to wait decades for another opportunity.”

Scarborough and Whitby MP, Robert Goodwill, added

“It was a very positive and encouraging meeting. I explained that these improvements, despite being over 25 miles from Scarborough itself, are vital for the tourism sector and big employers like McCain.”

The MPs and A64 Partnership group have been campaigning for years for a dual carriageways on the A64 between Hopgrove and Barton Hill. They say it would transform the economic fortunes of Ryedale and the East Coast and make a massive difference to millions of drivers using the road whether it is for business, leisure or commuter purposes. Without them they say the delays will simply worsen.

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There are 2 comments on this page.

JohnfromScarborough, on 9th September 2019 3:53pm
Wonder if they will still be smiling when reality kicks in after the general election.
Peter croft, on 9th September 2019 7:43pm
I’m not sure if anyone will be smiling after the next election, currently parliament is a total farce not representing the electorate

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