York Outer Ring Road upgrade scheme is set to progress following continued lobbying efforts by Liberal Democrat councillors. A consultation with local residents has been launched by the City of York Council asking residents, businesses and visitors for their views on the proposed upgrade of the York Outer Ring Road from A19 Shipton Road to the A1036 Little Hopgrove.
This follows the announcement last year that the Department for Transport has approved York’s £25m scheme to dual the Outer Ring Road from the A19 Shipton Road to the A1036 Little Hopgrove, following years of extensive lobbying by Liberal Democrat councillors.
The council have written to over 17,000 residents and businesses close to the York Outer Ring Road asking for their feedback on the outlined plans. People can also share their views online at www.york.gov.uk/yorr. The consultation closes on Monday 16 November 2020.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council, commented:
“The Liberal Democrats have lobbied extensively for years to secure Government funding to dual and upgrade the York Outer Ring Road and I know local residents and businesses will be pleased to see the scheme progress.
“Upgrading the Ring Road provides us with an opportunity to reduce congestion and journey times, which would see car journeys move out of the city centre, aiding in our continued work to improve air quality across the city. This crucial work will also provide safe walking and cycling facilities for local communities, including over 6km of walking and cycling network, underpasses and bridleways across the ring road.
“I would encourage residents to get involved in the consultation and look forward to moving these schemes forward for the benefit of our communities.”
The scheme, on which residents are asked for their views on, concerns the section of the A1237 from A19 Shipton Road to A1036 Little Hopgrove, and involves the upgrade of 6 sections of the northern YORR, including 5 roundabouts at Clifton Moor, Wigginton Road, Haxby Road, Strensall Road and Monks Cross.
The performance of the ring road will be improved by widening the existing single-carriageway road to dual-carriageway roads in both directions. Roundabouts are also planned to be enlarged with additional approach lanes, increasing the capacity for traffic to flow between and through the roundabouts.These 5 roundabouts will be enlarged to a similar size and standard as was recently undertaken at the A1237/B1224 Wetherby Road roundabout, completed in 2019.