Councils join forces to bid for A64 works

The county council and the borough council has joined forces with neighbouring authorities to bid for cash to improve one of the main arterial routes to Whitby and the Yorkshire coast.

North Yorkshire County Council, Scarborough Borough Council and Ryedale District Council have worked with the City of York Council and the Highways Agency to submit a bid for £50 million to the Government’ recently announced Local Growth Fund.

It is hoped the cash would fund a project over a six year period to reduce congestion and improve safety on the A64 with widening and duelling of some sections of the road but this is dependant on the outcome of the bid.

Successful bids are expected to be announced in July and all schemes must be completed by 2021.

The consortium hopes that further improvements, such as village by-pass schemes can be included in bids after 2021.

County Councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways said: “Whilst many people might have aspirations of a dual carriageway all the way to Scarborough, realistically there is not going to be enough Government funding to allow this in the foreseeable future. “The Local Growth Fund gives us the opportunity to try to do something to improve this important North Yorkshire road and we hope the Government will approve our bid.”

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategic Planning at Scarborough Borough Council said: “Improving journey time and reliability along the A64 corridor would have major benefits for the coastal economy, acting as a further catalyst for existing and new businesses looking to invest in the area.”

The recent discussions at Prime Ministers Question Time about the need to improve the A64 highlight the importance of this route to the local economy.