Why Dual It?
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
•Housing growth in Scarborough and Malton
•The expansion of major employers such as McCain Foods and Severfield
•The Malton Food Enterprise Zone
•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.