MP backs funding bid for the A1079 improvements

York Press: Sir Greg Knight Sir Greg Knight

A FRESH bid for funding to improve part of the A1079 between York and Hull is being supported by a local MP.

The application for £13 million to dual the stretch between Pocklington and Wilberfoss has been submitted to the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The bid will have to be approved by both the partnership and the Government, which is offering funding through its Growth Deal initiative.

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight said: “I am backing this application to the hilt. If successful, it would help ease traffic delays between York and the East Riding and bring benefits to local businesses.

"These works, if approved, will not only make people’s day-to-day lives easier, but will help business and could provide a further boost to jobs in the area.”

The application follows a successful campaign, which Sir Greg was also involved in, for funding for improvements at the A1079’s Market Weighton roundabout, with work starting later this year.

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11:20am Fri 7 Feb 14

BL2 says...

It might help a little, but the main problem is the stretch from Kexby to York and the York / Grimston Bar roundabout and traffic lights!
It might help a little, but the main problem is the stretch from Kexby to York and the York / Grimston Bar roundabout and traffic lights! BL2

1:41pm Fri 7 Feb 14

JHardacre says...

Excellent news. Let's hope that they don't use the same cowboys who resurfaced the stretch between Kexby Bridge and Wilberfoss. Anyone else who thought their suspension was playing up?
Excellent news. Let's hope that they don't use the same cowboys who resurfaced the stretch between Kexby Bridge and Wilberfoss. Anyone else who thought their suspension was playing up? JHardacre

3:22pm Fri 7 Feb 14

patch77 says...

I'm really not sure how this will help. Anyone who uses the A1079 regularly knows that the stretch that REALLY needs improving is the bit between Wilberfoss and York not Wilberfoss and Pocklington. The closer you get to York the worse the traffic problems get on this road so maybe they should try sorting that out first. Surely dualling the Pocklington to Wilberfoss stretch will actually make things worse closer to York?!
I'm really not sure how this will help. Anyone who uses the A1079 regularly knows that the stretch that REALLY needs improving is the bit between Wilberfoss and York not Wilberfoss and Pocklington. The closer you get to York the worse the traffic problems get on this road so maybe they should try sorting that out first. Surely dualling the Pocklington to Wilberfoss stretch will actually make things worse closer to York?! patch77

4:21am Sat 8 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

so on the one hand East Riding council plan to build on a former railway line, thereby crusing any ideas of ever having a mass transit system in place for the people of Hull, Beverley, Market Weighton, Pocklington and Stamford Bidge to get to York fast, reliably and safely... then on the other hand they want to spend money on dualling a road that is heavily congested because there's no railway line.

If I was allocating funds to councils, I'd tell East Riding council that the funds will only come for improving the road AFTER the railway has been built - because it's highly likely that a railway would reduce traffic on the A1079 by 40% or more.
so on the one hand East Riding council plan to build on a former railway line, thereby crusing any ideas of ever having a mass transit system in place for the people of Hull, Beverley, Market Weighton, Pocklington and Stamford Bidge to get to York fast, reliably and safely... then on the other hand they want to spend money on dualling a road that is heavily congested because there's no railway line. If I was allocating funds to councils, I'd tell East Riding council that the funds will only come for improving the road AFTER the railway has been built - because it's highly likely that a railway would reduce traffic on the A1079 by 40% or more. Magicman!

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