A64 safety improvements begin soon

I am delighted that work to make the A64 safer around Crambeck and Rillington are due to start in September. I have been campaigning with Councillor Caroline Goodricke and local residents to make sure that it is safe to cross the A64 at Crambeck following the tragic deaths of four people in 2017 and with Councillor Janet Sanderson and Rillington residents to ensure that speed restrictions are in place through the village. Understandably, there has been a good deal of frustration about how long it has taken, but I welcome Highways England’s announcement that work will now start next month and should be finished by March of next year.

This work is part of Highways England’s £80m maintenance improvements on Yorkshire’s roads this year, providing drivers with smoother and safer journeys between the A1(M) at Bramham and Seamer in Scarborough.

Highways England project manager, Chris Dunn, said: "We are carrying out a series of improvements along the A64 between the A1(M) and Seamer over the next 12 months which will provide better journeys for drivers and improved road safety. These include major safety improvements at Crambeck and Rillington which are being funded as part of our safety designated funds. It also includes further improvements for cyclists along the route as well some junction improvements making it easier for people to access caravan sites in the area. The majority of the work is being carried out from September onwards to avoid the summer months when traffic is at its heaviest, although we do need to start some overnight resurfacing work prior to that between Headley Bar and Hopgrove roundabout from Monday 19 August."

There is an opportunity for residents, drivers, businesses and tourists to find out more about the details of these schemes by talking to Highways England in person at the following consultation events and I would encourage you to do so.

Friday 16 August at Staxton Village Hall, Wain's Lane, Staxton, YO12 4SF between 3pm and 7pm

Friday 30 August Rillington Village, Hall High Street, Rillington, YO17 8LH between 3pm and 7pm