Local MPs praised as A64 is earmarked for dualling work

Boris Johnson has told three North Yorkshire MPs that their efforts to foster local support in their campaign for a dual carriageway between Hopgrove Roundabout and Barton Hill is the reason it is now designated for dualling.

Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 7:50 am
MP Kevin Hollinrake has been campaigning for A64 improvements.

In a letter to Kevin Hollinrake MP (Thirsk and Malton), Robert Goodwill MP (Scarborough and Whitby) and Julian Sturdy MP (York Outer) the Prime Minister said: “With regards to dualling the A64, I commend you for the efforts you have made to promote the proposal to date, assembling and nurturing local support for it.

“There is no doubt that, in doing so, you have generated the confidence in the proposal’s deliverability that has seen it included in the pipeline of schemes for development.”

Mr Johnson also said that he was confident that, if they continued their campaign, ‘this work should enable it to be funded for construction in the next Road Investment Strategy’.

The MPs who have been working with the A64 Strategic Partnership Group, made up of representatives from businesses and local councils, have made repeated representations to transport ministers and Highways England about the economic and social benefits of this much needed improvement, which would bring an end to long traffic jams.

Kevin Hollinrake said “I have been campaigning hard for both improvements to the A64 dual carriageway and for a fairer share of investment funding for the North since I was elected so I am grateful for the Prime Minister’s support in both these areas.

“We wrote to the Prime Minister in the summer to ask him to make sure that, whilst the Green Book review was underway, no further decisions would be made based on this outdated and misguided basis. This is good news for the North and good news for the A64.”