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Increase in number of accidents on A64 stretch
THE NUMBER of accidents on a stretch of North Yorkshire’s busiest road rose last year – as highways bosses confirmed no major improvement schemes are in the immediate pipeline.
Figures provided by the Department for Transport have shown there were 35 crashes on the A64 through Ryedale in 2012, four more than the previous year and the highest level since 2009, with one person being killed.
The statistics, which will go before a meeting of North Yorkshire County Council’s Ryedale area committee next week, said accident rates were still below the average for rural ‘A’ roads in England, but the agency said 2012 had seen a change in recent “year-on-year improvement” on the A64.
Campaigners have called for better safety measures for many years.
Of the 35 accidents in 2012, 22 were classed as “slight” and 12 as “serious” – three more than in 2011 and eight more than 2010.
However, the total number of accidents was 24 fewer in 2012 than in 2002, since when the three-year average for collisions has almost halved. There were 21 deaths and 149 serious crashes between 2002 and 2012.
In a report produced for councillors, Highways Agency asset manager Mandy Foster said no “major projects” – those that cost £5 million or more – or “pinch point improvement schemes” – at sections where roads narrow to one lane - were currently planned for the A64 in Ryedale.
She said: “There is a recognition that more can be done by the Highways Agency to provide greater provision for safe cycling.
“Our designers are now developing a number of proposals for improving cycle facilities on the A64 between Hazelbush crossroads, east of Hopgrove [on the edge of York], and Malton.”
The agency said it would be reviewing speed limits through villages on the A64, with surveys to be carried out next month.
Ms Foster’s report said so far in 2013/14 the agency had completed surfacing work at Barton Hill, East Heslerton, Rillington and between Malton and Scagglethorpe.
Other work planned for this year includes new safety barriers on the Malton bypass and repairing “defects”, while further improvements at the Barton Hill accident blackspot are “in development” but will depend on whether they are given Government priority and funding.
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