York ring road plans to ‘boost connectivity and safety’

Written by: Simon Pavey, Last updated:14th February 2022

York Ring Road Roadworks

New plans to improve connectivity, cut journey times and improve road safety for travellers in and around York have been revealed by the Department for Transport.

The York Outer Ring Road scheme has taken another step towards getting underway this month.

Major improvements for York

Work on the scheme is expected to begin by the end of next year. Following final stage approval for the upgrade of six sections of the A1237.

It means the creation of an uninterrupted dual carriageway. From the A19 Shipton Road in the west of York to the Hopgrove junction with Malton Road/A64 in the east. The scheme will also help divert traffic away from the city centre.

Roads minister Baroness Vere commented: “This vital upgrade will not only provide a new and efficient route for drivers but will also see the development of new shared footpaths and cycleways – helping the city become a cleaner, greener place to live.”

She added that York is a city “steeped in history”. The aim of this project is to ensure everyone will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the place, without the risk of “getting stuck in traffic or travelling on unsafe roads”.

Now scheduled for completion by December 2022, the project is set to cost £27.9 million. It will coincide with a separate project to upgrade seven roundabouts along the ring road route to further help to streamline traffic flow around the city.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “These upgrades have been a long time coming for one of the UK’s most historic cities. When complete, they’ll provide a much-needed boost to the local economy and the people of York.”

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