The Department for Transport have proposed the construction of a new outer-ring-road around the city of York which will entail the dualling of sections of the A1237 so that traffic may diverted away from the city centre, reducing congestion and improving the urban air quality.
The Department for Transport will invest approximately £25M into the York Outer Ring Road project which, should all go according to plan, will commence at the end of 2020 and achieve completion by the December of 2022.
The project in itself will entail the dualling of six sections of the highway between the A19 Shipton Road in the West and the Hopgrove Junction with Malton Road (A64) in the East for the benefit of the approximate 37,000 motorists which use the route.
The Roads Minister, Baroness Vere stated: “York is a fantastic city steeped in history, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy it without the risk of getting stuck in traffic or travelling on unsafe roads.
“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.”
The Leader of the City of York Council, Councillor Keith Aspden added: “We are delighted to have achieved the next step for this significant investment in York’s transport network. Dualling the outer ring road is a long-held ambition of many residents, visitors and businesses – not just in York but across the region.
“This scheme opens new opportunities for greater traffic management across the city as we reduce congestion on one of our busiest roads and, crucially, reduce the car journeys made cutting across the city centre.”
The York Outer Ring Road is the latest project to be announced as part of the Major Road Network which will provide better connections with the region of Yorkshire and the Humber.
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