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Below are some case studies from businesses who feel the A64 impacts their businesses ability to perform and grow.
A supplier of precision injected moulded products with global sites including York and Pickering
”To maintain current and attract new business, a robust reliable transport connection is vital. Currently all customer collections are coming from the A1M to the A64 to Stamford, impact of delays can be very severe with customer production impacted as automotive deliveries are very much on a just in time basis. Likewise, suppliers and Rosti ‘s own transport use the A64 to get to Stamford and delays can have an impact on our production. There is a lot of traffic from Stamford to the Rosti plant at Pickering, and these can be delayed by the single lane route if there is congestion or delays.”
A Malton business providing business solutions in agri-food and bioscience supply chains
”The main impact is from Friday and through the weekend and holidays when slow vehicles, the change from dual lane to single, and accidents rapidly multiplies congestion into a stop situation. As people avoid the congestion they take alternative and sometimes inappropriate routes (e.g. Buttercrambe bridge).
The impact is delays to travelling, factoring in the potential disruption and avoiding Friday travel.
The other important issue that needs to be included in any future A64 dualling plan is to make the road and crossing the road possible by the local communities and other road users such as pedestrians, children, elderly and the infirm and cyclists etc. Additionally there are many tourists who are attracted to Ryedale for its walks and cycle routes, and for whom crossing the A64 is a challenge. It detracts from the hard-won and incredible Yorkshire cycle brand’.”
A York copywriting and social media service
”Although I am based in York, I have many clients in Ryedale and Scarborough. The unpredictability of A64 journey times, especially in summer, is very limiting to my business.
“To guarantee I will be able to attend on time I have to leave extra time for my 50 minute journey. In August I allocated two hours and was still 20 minutes late. I now try to stay with friends and family in the area the night before to ensure I can arrive on time.
“It is ridiculous that such a major traffic artery as the A64 is not dual-carriage way throughout. The bottlenecks at Whitwell Hill, the Hopgrove roundabout and Malton are both inconvenient and dangerous.
“The rail provision in the area is not up to standard either. There is just one train an hour, usually with just two carriages, for Malton and Scarborough. To see clients in Snainton and Wykeham would involve trying to link with the erratic bus services, so a car is the only option.
” Alternative routes to the East Coast via Stamford Bridge and the ‘back road’ to Malton or via Castle Howard are narrow and, during the summer, prone to tractors, harvesting machinery and holiday traffic. As a local, I am familiar with the alternatives. However I imagine people from out of the area may just give up.
“The A64 problem is also putting off business people from the East Coast attending networking conferences and business events. When I was based in Snainton, an organiser of the Leeds Made In Yorkshire Conference remarked on how few people had signed up from the Scarborough area. I have been greeted with genuine surprise at networking in Scarborough that I have travelled from ‘as far as York’. It is only 40 miles, but the distance in people’s minds is far wider.
“The stresses involved in meeting clients in Ryedale and Scarborough is making me re-consider whether I can continue to work with them. This would be a loss for both myself and my clients. I work at a Business Club in York and so hear about many of the city’s exciting innovations and opportunities which I share with my clients.”
With ultimate clients including major retailers and car manufacturers, timely deliveries of construction steel components are a vital part of Severfield’s success. Based at Sherburn – part way between Malton and Scarborough – all inbound and outbound freight from Severfield’s plant comes along the A64. And this often brings challenges because of frequent congestion on the route.
Severfield is a big local employer. The steel manufacturer has a turnover of £10m at the Sherburn plant and employs around 30 staff. This is in a very rural part of North Yorkshire. The plant focuses primarily on supplying construction components. It takes raw materials from British Steel plants at Scunthorpe and Teesside and delivers across the UK.
“Our components are a vital part of completing construction jobs on time”, explained Business Unit Director, Kevin Campbell. “Our order turnaround times can be very short and delays caused by problems on the A64 lead to fines or mean that compensation needs to be paid. It’s not just us that are affected either – our hauliers experience delays which can lead to them losing other work because of the backlog”.
It’s not just the movement of goods that are affected by congestion and delays on the route. Staff working at the plant also have to deal with delays. Kevin suggests that the bad reputation of the A64 affects Severfield’s ability to recruit, “The holiday season is especially bad. That’s when the traffic heading to and from the coast can make the journey really bad for people trying to get to work.”
Kingspan’s plant at Sherburn – between Malton and Scarborough – is a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, supplying building systems and suppliers across the UK and beyond. It’s situated right beside the A64 and relies on the road for access to customers across the UK. Exports are also key for the company, with links to the ports at Hull and Liverpool that are also a major routes for its goods.
With a turnover in excess of £100 million per year, the Sherburn plant is a major player in the economy of this part of North Yorkshire. Its plans for growth, however, will be restricted by issues with access to the site caused by unreliable journey times along the A64. “The cost of distributing goods from the Sherburn site, using the A64, are higher than for any other of Kingspan’s UK sites. This really matters because the site has great potential but it’s held back by problems with access along the road”, explained Tom Paul from the company.
The business operates in a sector where ‘just in time’ deliveries are required. Any delay incidents along the only road usable by its lorries to and from the plant has a big impact. The company can face charges for late and delayed deliveries.
“The site itself is very efficient and we’d love to build on this”, added Tom. “But we’re being held back by problems with the A64 and unreliable and costly journey times. New investment in the road could support new investment in manufacturing plants like ours, helping to secure long-term employment and additional investment across this part of North Yorkshire.”
A world-renowned stately home, as seen by millions in TV and film and visited by thousands every year, Castle Howard stands out as one of the must-see attractions in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.
The stately home is still privately-owned as is a fully working rural estate as well as being a major visitor attraction. In 2019, the estate is to host the BBC’s Countryfile Live event, which is expected to bring in thousands of extra visitors. It’s just one in a series of special events taking place at Castle Howard during the year, all of which require good access to and from the site. The A64 route between York and Scarborough is the way in which around 80% of visitors and traders access the Castle Howard estate: it’s a vital part of the success of the site.
“The A64 is such an important route for the success of everything we do”, explained John Hoy from the Castle Howard Estate. “Not just in terms of major events, such as the forthcoming Countryfile Live, but also for the day-to-day running of the estate and the businesses based here. We estimate that around 80% of people coming to the site get here by the A64. Any problems with that route can have a major knock-on effect on us.
“It doesn’t even take a big incident on the road to have an impact. During last summer’s hot weather we regularly saw a detrimental impact on visitor numbers when the road was really busy with people heading to and from the coast. Upgrading the route will have a significant positive benefit for us and our businesses, but also for the whole of Ryedale which relies heavily on tourism as an important part of its economy.”