Ryedale Cycle Forum have previously liaised with Highways England on suggestions for potential improvements to the A64 for safer cycle crossing points between York and Scarborough. An update from H.E. is below. The A64 page on the website details previous areas where improvements have been suggested.
A1 Hazelwood Castle Bridge
Highways England (H.E.) completed a feasibility study and some early preliminary design work on this structure, but the cost estimate is prohibitively expensive. Consequently, this scheme is on hold, although the scheme is considered as a high priority should additional funding become available. Another consequence of this is that H.E. haven’t yet looked in detail at the potential crossing near Barton le Willows.
H.E. recently had a meeting with the major projects team who are generating proposals for the A64 Hopgrove dualling. We discussed a recent small scheme we’d completed near Jinnah restaurant near Harton. From this discussion, the team agreed to incorporate an NMU (non motorised users) bridge in this area in their proposals.
A64 Claxton to Flaxton
This scheme is currently in preliminary design with an outside contractor. The inclusion of the full width cycleway will require some land purchase so once the value of the scheme as a whole is known, we will bid for funding and hopefully deliver it next year. (2022)
H.E are also close to completing the feasibility stage of the A64 NMU phase 2 scheme. Although this scheme is primarily for the benefit of local residents to access bus stop facilities, it proposes the introduction of six further refuge island within the single carriageway A64, some linking to shared use footway / cycleway routes. This also carries the secondary benefit of slowing vehicles and reducing shunt collisions at junctions. This includes the crossing near Scagglethorpe, which I know has been raised as an area of concern in the past.
H.E would like to thank Ryedale Cycle Forum for their input, as this is useful when promoting these improvements. Unfortunately these schemes often take quite a long time to implement.
H.E. are always open to hear the views of all of our customers.