MP ‘en­cour­aged’ as A64 dual car­riage­way route op­tion due next sum­mer

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

THE PRE­FERRED route for a dual car­riage­way for the A64 will be an­nounced next sum­mer af­ter a six-week con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod start­ing in Septem­ber.

Thirsk and Mal­ton MP Kevin Hollinrake says he is “en­cour­aged” by the tight timetable kept to by the High­ways Agency for the project, with work on course to start in 2022.

The agency is look­ing at op­tions to ease con­ges­tion be­tween 2020 and 2025 as part of a £15bn road pro­gramme.

It is con­duct­ing a traf­fic model ex­er­cise to look at the lev­els of traf­fic at dif­fer­ent times of the year, in­clud­ing bank hol­i­days and hol­i­days, so it can as­sess the cost ben­e­fits.

Mr Hollinrake said in a state­ment yes­ter­day: “I have been keep­ing up the pres­sure on High­ways Eng­land and speak­ing reg­u­larly to Min­is­ters and the Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port about ex­tra fund­ing for the A64 im­prove­ments.”

He says du­alling the A64 would bring a “mul­ti­tude of ad­van­tages” to the re­gion, easing con­ges­tion, in­creas­ing tourism and fa­cil­i­tat­ing growth.

A High­ways Agency spokes­woman said “var­i­ous op­tions” were be­ing looked at.

A mod­ern ver­sion of ‘pre­fab’ hous­ing could be con­structed by the town coun­cil to pro­vide stop­gap ac­com­mo­da­tion for the home­less as staff pre­pare for a surge in num­bers seek­ing help.

Changes mean other bodies which deal with the home­less will have to re­fer them to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in fu­ture.

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