East-West Connectivity

North to South connections in our area are excellent, underpinned by recent investment in the local trunk and motorway network. However, there is still room for improvement in our East to West connections.

Our primary focus is on routes between towns and cities, whilst connecting rural economies to urban centres and easing congestion. While some investments are already planned, we are making the case for others. This is a long term and ambitious plan.



The Bedale Bypass

A 5km bypass, taking traffic from the A1 north of Bedale, making it easier to access Bedale and the Dales and reducing congestion in the town.

Newlands Bridge

Our investment will ensure that Newlands Bridge remains open, protecting a major road – the A645 from closure and  having a significant impact on the economies of Hull and Goole. The bridge is also a key component in the transport links for Drax power station and the nearby White Rose Carbon and Capture Storage Project.

Maintaining Our Rural Links

Between now and 2021 we will be matching  financial contributions from North Yorkshire County Council to establish a £50m fund for the maintenance of rural roads. The work will focus on priority roads that feed the centres of Catterick Garrison, Malton/Norton, Scarborough, Selby, Skipton, Harrogate, Northallerton and Thirsk are maintained.

Upgrading the A64

We are working closely with our local MP’s, Highways England, Transport for the North, local authorities and businesses, among others – to promote upgrading of the A64 between York and Scarborough.

Wage levels drop from York towards the coast as connectivity to York worsens and the lower skilled work becomes more prevalent. However, there are significant opportunities for economic growth along the A64 which we have been developing. These include: the York Potash development at Whitby, the University Technical College in Scarborough, Coventry University, housing growth in Scarborough and Malton, the expansion of major employers such as McCain Foods and Severfield, the Malton Food Enterprise Zone and the National Agri Food Innovation Centre at Sand-Hutton.

To achieve the full benefit of these exciting opportunities access needs to be improved to markets and labour and existing challenges around journey times need to be overcome.

The focus of our activities is the section of the A64 between the Hopgrove junction to the east of York, where the A64 becomes single carriageway and joins with the York Outer Ring Road, and Barton Hill, where the next section of dual carriageway begins. Our aim is to upgradethe section to dual carriageway at the earliest opportunity.

We also have planned investments that aim to be completed in the next five years including:

  • New roundabouts on the A1079 between Hull and York.
  • Increasing the capacity of the A1/A59 junction near Harrogate.