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£32m scheme to reduce outer ring road journey times by a fifth

Friday 14th July 2017

Walking, Cycling, Driving, Going to Work

Senior councillors have approved a £32.4m plan to reduce rush hour journey times by up to 20% on York’s outer ring road.

City of York Council’s Executive approved the five year project to bring seven roundabouts between Wetherby Road and Monks Cross up to the standard of the A19 and A59 roundabouts. 

This will mean more lanes and more space on the approaches and exits to the roundabouts, as well as improvements for pedestrians and cyclists. Where possible the road layouts will be designed to accommodate the potential future scheme to bring the outer ring road up to dual-carriageway standard. 

Councillor Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “This is a really significant investment which will make journeys easier and quicker on the ring road, as well as preparing us for the ultimate goal of dualling. Any scheme of this size is going to be complicated but we’re determined to get on with it as soon as possible. We’ll consult with residents and businesses as soon as we have detailed plans.”   

The improvements - which will include planning applications and land purchases - will take place over five years. A detailed programme for delivery will be available later this year.