§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) what plans he has for trunk road improvements in North Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what proposals he has to assist motor traffic circulation in North Yorkshire during the course of 2000. 
§ Mr. Hill
I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Peter Nutt, to write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Peter Nutt to Miss Anne McIntosh, dated 29 February 2000:Trunk Road Improvements—North YorkshireThe Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions. You asked "what proposals he has to assist motor traffic circulation in North Yorkshire during the course of 2000" and "what plans he has for trunk road improvements in North Yorkshire".The counties' Local Transport Plan will include policies and proposals to assist motor traffic in North Yorkshire. Information on the plan can be obtained from the County Council.The Highways Agency is progressing the following trunk road improvement proposals in North Yorkshire. All of these projects will contribute to improving traffic flows in North Yorkshire taking account of the needs of both road users and those affected by our roads.
A63 Selby BypassIs in the Targeted Programme of Improvements schemes and progress is being made towards a start of works during 2001–2002.In addition, we are developing a small bypass scheme on the A63 Osgodby costing about £1 million. Subject to satisfactory completion of statutory procedures, the scheme could be taken forward in conjunction with the A63 Selby Bypass.
A1(M) Wetherby to WashforthWe are taking forward the next major Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) project on the A1 between Darrington and Dishforth. This project includes in North Yorkshire, a scheme to improve the A1 to dual three lane carriageway between Wetherby and Walshforth. Start of construction is planned for Spring 2003.
A1 RaintonAs promised in previous correspondence, we are reviewing the need for street lighting at Rainton crossroads. If this is found to be needed it will be undertaken in 2000–2001.
A1 Between Bramham and BartonA safety study has started which will investigate safety problems between Bramham and Barton on the A1, and will consolidate previous work, consider options and recommend an improvement strategy for the A1. The report is due in Autumn 2000. Depending on the findings, the report recommendations may need to be referred to the Regional Planning Body to consider compatibility with emerging Regional Planning Guidance and the Regional Transport Strategy.
A66 Safety StudyA safety study is about to start to investigate the poor safety record on this route between Scotch Corner and Penrith. The study will recommend options for improving safety. It is due to report in Autumn 2000. Again, depending on the findings, the recommendations may need to be referred to the Regional Planning Body to consider compatibility with emerging Regional Planning Guidance and the Regional Transport Strategy.191WWe are already developing two schemes to address known safety problems on the A66. These will provide two short lengths of dual carriageway on the A66 between Greta Bridge to Stephen Bank and Carkin to Scotch Corner.
A64 Trunk Road (A1 Bramham to Scarborough)A Route Improvement Strategy for improving safety on the A64 between the A1 and Scarborough has recently been put to the Regional Planning Forum for Yorkshire and the Humber for their agreement. The Strategy includes the following improvement proposals:
A1 to YorkSubject to satisfactory completion of statutory procedures, schemes could start as follows:A64 Top Lane Improvement—March 2001—to remove traffic signalsA64 Bilborough Top Improvement—2002–2003—provision of new junction to enable gaps in the central reservation to be closed.A64 Tadcaster Bar Improvement—2002–2003—improvement to existing junction to enable gaps in the central reservation to be closed.
York to ScarboroughPublic consultation could start during 2000 on the following schemes:A64 Barton Hill Junction—options for a two level junction are being investigatedA64 Whitwell on the Hill Junctions—options for a two level junction are being investigatedA64 Whitwell to Malton By Pass—options for a two level junction and possible dual carriageway are being investigatedA64 Rillington By Pass—options for a bypass are being investigated including a review of the previous bypass scheme.
In the meantime, beneficial low cost (less than £100,000) safety schemes such as improved signing and lining, red surfacing, small-scale junction improvements and improvements for pedestrians and cyclists will continue to be identified and implemented on this route. Schemes of this nature will be undertaken in 2000–2001 at the following locations:
- A64 Hopgrove Roundabout
- A64 North Lane to Hazelbush
- A64 Hazelbush to Lobster House
- A64 Lobster House to Flamingoland
- A64 Whitwell
- A64 Malton Bypass
- A64 Brambling Fields to Rillington
- A64 Rilling to East Knapton
- A64 East Knapton to Sherburn
- A64 Sherburn Gateways
- A64 Serburn to Saxton
- A64 Staxton to Musham Bank
- A64 Musham Bank to Queen Mary Roundabout
- A64 Whitwell to Malton
- A64 York Bypass
- A1237 Rawcliffe Roundabout
Safety and congestion problems are being addressed along with provision for a Park and Ride facility in partnership with York City Council
In addition we will be undertaking the following four traffic calming schemes. Whilst these will not assist in improving traffic flows, they are being taken forward in the interests of safety, environmental improvements and accessibility for non-road users. 192W
- A63 Thorpe Willoughby
- A63 Cliffe
- A63 Hemingborough
- A63 Hambleton
Should you require any further information, please contact Kevin Lasbury, Divisional Director for Norther Region, on 0113 283 6405.