Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, has added his voice to those of local business leaders and politicians in calling for urgent action to dual the A64 east of York across to Scarborough and the Yorkshire coast.
With a bank holiday approaching, delays are expected where the A64 narrows from dual carriageway to single carriageway, particularly around Hopgrove junction at York, Sir Gary Verity said; “Congestion is a serious issue as our roads are becoming even busier. We’re always encouraging people to come to our county and see everything Yorkshire has to offer and we want it to be as convenient as possible for them to do this”. The champion of Yorkshire’s tourism industry added “Our coastal towns are seeing a resurgence that we want to celebrate and make the most of; without a major link road to these destinations we risk losing out on these visitors, which could be detrimental to many businesses”.
“For that reason, the A64 has to be dualled. It’s something that has been talked about for over 30 years and we could do with a timetable sooner rather than later.”
Businesses, MPs, local authorities, trade organisations and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership joined forces in 2017 to form the A64 Growth Partnership and increase the pressure on government for major long-term investment in the A64 between York and the Yorkshire coast.
The A64 Growth Partnership wants action to remove one of the most notorious ‘pinch-points’ in Yorkshire’s main road network – to deliver economic growth, investment and to address safety concerns.