A64 set for £2.2m upgrade - two months of roadworks loom

Traffic on the A64 in North Yorkshire

Traffic on the A64 in North Yorkshire

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

MOTORISTS are facing an autumn of delays, disruption and diversions on the A64 in North Yorkshire because of a £2.2 million resurfacing programme.

Several sections of the route between Bramham and Malton will be affected by the Highways Agency project over a two month period, starting on September 1.

An agency spokesman said: "Work will be carried out in five phases and will improve 8.5 miles of this North Yorkshire road.

"The work includes carriageway resurfacing and patching, the renewal of road markings and road studs, re-instating traffic monitoring loops and renewing damaged road gullies."

Project manager Steven Wright said the scheme would prolong the life of the carriageway, and had been designed to improve the surface and boost safety for road users, while minimising the need for future work.

From the beginning of September until October 2, work will take place on Monday to Thursday nights, between 8pm and 6am. From October 6, until the works have been completed, work will take place every night between 8pm and 6am.

Phase 1, between Bramham and Headley Bar, will mean overnight eastbound closures from September 1 to 11.

Phase 2, between Flaxton Moor and Barton Hill Crossroads on the eastbound carriageway, will cause lane closures with temporary traffic signals and convoy working from September 15 to 23.

Phase 3, between Grimston Bar and Hopgrove Roundabout, will mean overnight eastbound carriageway closures from September 24 to October 9.

Phase 4, between Tadcaster and Askham Bryan, will mean overnight eastbound closures from October 10 to 25.

Phase 5, between Bilbrough Top and Tadcaster, will mean overnight westbound closures from October 26 to November 3.

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4:32pm Wed 20 Aug 14

The Great Buda says...

More fritting around the egdes, when the road needs real investment and a real long term plan.
More fritting around the egdes, when the road needs real investment and a real long term plan. The Great Buda
  • Score: 43

5:19pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Miles Davis says...

Three months? Is that a calender 3 months or a timescale similar to the Poppleton P&R???!!!
Three months? Is that a calender 3 months or a timescale similar to the Poppleton P&R???!!! Miles Davis
  • Score: 36

6:49pm Wed 20 Aug 14

ouseswimmer says...

If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.
If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year. ouseswimmer
  • Score: 45

7:17pm Wed 20 Aug 14

pedalling paul says...

ouseswimmer wrote:
If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.
No such thing as a "death trap" or "dangerous" road...just a few impatient and discourteous users.
[quote][p][bold]ouseswimmer[/bold] wrote: If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.[/p][/quote]No such thing as a "death trap" or "dangerous" road...just a few impatient and discourteous users. pedalling paul
  • Score: -16

7:30pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Brabus says...

ouseswimmer wrote:
If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.
Recent history would suggest that the dual carriageway section between Bramham and Hopgrove claims more lives so your argument's a little flawed
[quote][p][bold]ouseswimmer[/bold] wrote: If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.[/p][/quote]Recent history would suggest that the dual carriageway section between Bramham and Hopgrove claims more lives so your argument's a little flawed Brabus
  • Score: -7

7:44pm Wed 20 Aug 14

wigginton reader says...

A waste of public money. Let's face it... It need duelling and not a make over.

Just who are the planners accountable to?
A waste of public money. Let's face it... It need duelling and not a make over. Just who are the planners accountable to? wigginton reader
  • Score: 18

7:56pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Miles Davis says...

pedalling paul wrote:
ouseswimmer wrote:
If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.
No such thing as a "death trap" or "dangerous" road...just a few impatient and discourteous users.
Your half right, however, certain junctions and road layouts lend themselves to accidents. Foolish driving is mostly to blame, but a well thought out road can help prevent accidents.
The junction from Strensall onto the A64 is a very good example of how not to allow cars on/off of a busy road! Unlit, traffic at full speed from both directions, slow buses trying to cross and an unlit, badly marked 'safe area' for cars to turn!!! Very poor indeed!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ouseswimmer[/bold] wrote: If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.[/p][/quote]No such thing as a "death trap" or "dangerous" road...just a few impatient and discourteous users.[/p][/quote]Your half right, however, certain junctions and road layouts lend themselves to accidents. Foolish driving is mostly to blame, but a well thought out road can help prevent accidents. The junction from Strensall onto the A64 is a very good example of how not to allow cars on/off of a busy road! Unlit, traffic at full speed from both directions, slow buses trying to cross and an unlit, badly marked 'safe area' for cars to turn!!! Very poor indeed! Miles Davis
  • Score: 35

8:21pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Stressed Out says...

pedalling paul wrote:
ouseswimmer wrote:
If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.
No such thing as a "death trap" or "dangerous" road...just a few impatient and discourteous users.
Yes Paul, a bit like the cyclists who go through red lights without looking, or suddenly changing lanes without looking, its about time you looked at your chosen ones
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ouseswimmer[/bold] wrote: If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.[/p][/quote]No such thing as a "death trap" or "dangerous" road...just a few impatient and discourteous users.[/p][/quote]Yes Paul, a bit like the cyclists who go through red lights without looking, or suddenly changing lanes without looking, its about time you looked at your chosen ones Stressed Out
  • Score: 10

8:23pm Wed 20 Aug 14

AnotherPointofView says...

pedalling paul wrote:
ouseswimmer wrote:
If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.
No such thing as a "death trap" or "dangerous" road...just a few impatient and discourteous users.
Wrong PP. Accidents are caused by bad driving and/or bad roads. If a road is badly designed that can lead to accidents.

As for "renewal" "repair" "resurfacing" "patching" and "re-instating". These are not words I would associate with "Upgrade". The article says the A64 will undergo a £2.2m upgrade.

An upgrade for me would be something like dualling the road, not repairing it.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ouseswimmer[/bold] wrote: If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.[/p][/quote]No such thing as a "death trap" or "dangerous" road...just a few impatient and discourteous users.[/p][/quote]Wrong PP. Accidents are caused by bad driving and/or bad roads. If a road is badly designed that can lead to accidents. As for "renewal" "repair" "resurfacing" "patching" and "re-instating". These are not words I would associate with "Upgrade". The article says the A64 will undergo a £2.2m upgrade. An upgrade for me would be something like dualling the road, not repairing it. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: -23

8:25pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

ouseswimmer wrote:
If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.
Another brain dead comment about the south getting better roads. Not where I used to live. Give your facts and sources rather than bias
[quote][p][bold]ouseswimmer[/bold] wrote: If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.[/p][/quote]Another brain dead comment about the south getting better roads. Not where I used to live. Give your facts and sources rather than bias Omega Point
  • Score: -12

9:54pm Wed 20 Aug 14

ouseswimmer says...

Omega Point wrote:
ouseswimmer wrote:
If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.
Another brain dead comment about the south getting better roads. Not where I used to live. Give your facts and sources rather than bias
No doubt you can tell me how many miles of dual carriageway have been built in North Yorkshire in the last 30 years? About 1000 miles have been built south of Watford.
[quote][p][bold]Omega Point[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ouseswimmer[/bold] wrote: If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.[/p][/quote]Another brain dead comment about the south getting better roads. Not where I used to live. Give your facts and sources rather than bias[/p][/quote]No doubt you can tell me how many miles of dual carriageway have been built in North Yorkshire in the last 30 years? About 1000 miles have been built south of Watford. ouseswimmer
  • Score: 8

10:28pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

I asked for sources. Justify your comment by facts substantiated by definable sources.
I asked for sources. Justify your comment by facts substantiated by definable sources. Omega Point
  • Score: -4

10:32pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

Also meant to ask, you tell me how many miles of dual carriageway have been built in North Yorkshire. You used the phrase south of Watford. North Yorkshire is not the only place above that demarcation line (stupid of course). So also say how many miles has been built outside of North Yorkshire, there is more to the north than just that country.
Also meant to ask, you tell me how many miles of dual carriageway have been built in North Yorkshire. You used the phrase south of Watford. North Yorkshire is not the only place above that demarcation line (stupid of course). So also say how many miles has been built outside of North Yorkshire, there is more to the north than just that country. Omega Point
  • Score: -12

10:52pm Wed 20 Aug 14

yorkguy says...

I think all this north/south mention is madness, yes many roads in the south have been improved but you still have many like the A30 and A303 which are single carriageway, north yorkshire has actually seen a massive investment in the A1 motorway upgrade with the last 12 miles getting done now, its had the most new motorway built in the whole country in many years.

As for the A64 the whole bramham to malton section needs sorting, the bramham to hopgrove section is now at motorway upgrade levels and the hopgrove to malton section needs badly dualling, if this was done many lives would be saved and far less congestion, im sure it will be upgraded in the 10 years or so it cant go on like this much longer
I think all this north/south mention is madness, yes many roads in the south have been improved but you still have many like the A30 and A303 which are single carriageway, north yorkshire has actually seen a massive investment in the A1 motorway upgrade with the last 12 miles getting done now, its had the most new motorway built in the whole country in many years. As for the A64 the whole bramham to malton section needs sorting, the bramham to hopgrove section is now at motorway upgrade levels and the hopgrove to malton section needs badly dualling, if this was done many lives would be saved and far less congestion, im sure it will be upgraded in the 10 years or so it cant go on like this much longer yorkguy
  • Score: 11

11:12pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

Well said yorkguy. Problem with people like ouseswimmer is that there is only Yorkshire north of Watford. She/he forgets that Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle are not in the south. The saying south of Watford is stupid and the people who use it are..... yes
Well said yorkguy. Problem with people like ouseswimmer is that there is only Yorkshire north of Watford. She/he forgets that Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle are not in the south. The saying south of Watford is stupid and the people who use it are..... yes Omega Point
  • Score: 4

11:33pm Wed 20 Aug 14

snickelwaysofyork says...

Omega Point wrote:
Well said yorkguy. Problem with people like ouseswimmer is that there is only Yorkshire north of Watford. She/he forgets that Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle are not in the south. The saying south of Watford is stupid and the people who use it are..... yes
Seems like you've forgotten that Sheffield and Leeds are also in Yorkshire! Does that mean that you are.....yes too?
[quote][p][bold]Omega Point[/bold] wrote: Well said yorkguy. Problem with people like ouseswimmer is that there is only Yorkshire north of Watford. She/he forgets that Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle are not in the south. The saying south of Watford is stupid and the people who use it are..... yes[/p][/quote]Seems like you've forgotten that Sheffield and Leeds are also in Yorkshire! Does that mean that you are.....yes too? snickelwaysofyork
  • Score: 1

4:10am Thu 21 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

Brabus wrote:
ouseswimmer wrote:
If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.
Recent history would suggest that the dual carriageway section between Bramham and Hopgrove claims more lives so your argument's a little flawed
only because pedestrians try and cross the actual road rather than walking to the bridge that was put in to reduce such incidents
[quote][p][bold]Brabus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ouseswimmer[/bold] wrote: If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.[/p][/quote]Recent history would suggest that the dual carriageway section between Bramham and Hopgrove claims more lives so your argument's a little flawed[/p][/quote]only because pedestrians try and cross the actual road rather than walking to the bridge that was put in to reduce such incidents Magicman!
  • Score: 4

7:51am Thu 21 Aug 14

Cheeky face says...

AnotherPointofView wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
ouseswimmer wrote:
If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.
No such thing as a "death trap" or "dangerous" road...just a few impatient and discourteous users.
Wrong PP. Accidents are caused by bad driving and/or bad roads. If a road is badly designed that can lead to accidents.

As for "renewal" "repair" "resurfacing" "patching" and "re-instating". These are not words I would associate with "Upgrade". The article says the A64 will undergo a £2.2m upgrade.

An upgrade for me would be something like dualling the road, not repairing it.
Quite right. Minor improvements are all these phases will give. Full dualling from the A1 to outskirts of Scarborough is cost prohibitive under current financial restraints; but it is a holiday route administered and maintained by the Highways Agency, so possibly it could be a priority when the country's finances improve.

I expect signage and variable message illuminator boards to guide motorists through each temporary closure.

Good and safe road designs do help bad drivers - a fact of life!
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPointofView[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ouseswimmer[/bold] wrote: If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.[/p][/quote]No such thing as a "death trap" or "dangerous" road...just a few impatient and discourteous users.[/p][/quote]Wrong PP. Accidents are caused by bad driving and/or bad roads. If a road is badly designed that can lead to accidents. As for "renewal" "repair" "resurfacing" "patching" and "re-instating". These are not words I would associate with "Upgrade". The article says the A64 will undergo a £2.2m upgrade. An upgrade for me would be something like dualling the road, not repairing it.[/p][/quote]Quite right. Minor improvements are all these phases will give. Full dualling from the A1 to outskirts of Scarborough is cost prohibitive under current financial restraints; but it is a holiday route administered and maintained by the Highways Agency, so possibly it could be a priority when the country's finances improve. I expect signage and variable message illuminator boards to guide motorists through each temporary closure. Good and safe road designs do help bad drivers - a fact of life! Cheeky face
  • Score: 4

8:06am Thu 21 Aug 14

MrsHoney says...

Yes the road needs dualling but it does also need resurfacing. Particularly on the approach to Malton, the road surface is appalling and dangerous and has been for a long time. The headline is misleading though as repairs aren't upgrades.
Yes the road needs dualling but it does also need resurfacing. Particularly on the approach to Malton, the road surface is appalling and dangerous and has been for a long time. The headline is misleading though as repairs aren't upgrades. MrsHoney
  • Score: 6

8:11am Thu 21 Aug 14

pedalling paul says...

http://storage.globa
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Dualling will temporarily relieve congestion, but for how long? Answers please.
http://storage.globa lcitizen.net/data/to pic/knowledge/upload s/2011022882910705.p df for a resume on the long term impact of induced traffic. Dualling will temporarily relieve congestion, but for how long? Answers please. pedalling paul
  • Score: 6

9:05am Thu 21 Aug 14

Jim says...

On a slightly connected subject - when will the roadworks be completed at A1237/A59 junction? There are still bollards, roadwork warning signs and a set of temporary 30mph speed limit signs.littering the area.
On a slightly connected subject - when will the roadworks be completed at A1237/A59 junction? There are still bollards, roadwork warning signs and a set of temporary 30mph speed limit signs.littering the area. Jim
  • Score: 4

9:10am Thu 21 Aug 14

MrsHoney says...

Pedalling Paul, your answer is do nothing to help traffic then? Other than everybody stop using their cars? It doesn't matter if in another 10-20 years the road will be even busier, the point is that logically the road should be dualled. It's ridiculous having a main route like that single carriageway and the dualling in parts actually causes problems in itself. People are not going to cycle everywhere, that's nuts. And the busses aren't a viable option, on the rare occassion I've been on a bus to the coast it's been packed out with old people anyway, who wants to stand all the way to Whitby?!
Pedalling Paul, your answer is do nothing to help traffic then? Other than everybody stop using their cars? It doesn't matter if in another 10-20 years the road will be even busier, the point is that logically the road should be dualled. It's ridiculous having a main route like that single carriageway and the dualling in parts actually causes problems in itself. People are not going to cycle everywhere, that's nuts. And the busses aren't a viable option, on the rare occassion I've been on a bus to the coast it's been packed out with old people anyway, who wants to stand all the way to Whitby?! MrsHoney
  • Score: 3

10:03am Thu 21 Aug 14

Leeby2 says...

pedalling paul wrote:
ouseswimmer wrote:
If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.
No such thing as a "death trap" or "dangerous" road...just a few impatient and discourteous users.
There will always be bad drivers - does that mean they deserve to die? Surely not.....
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ouseswimmer[/bold] wrote: If the A64 was South of Watford it would be a dual carriageway all the way to Malton. Instead its a death trap killing people every year.[/p][/quote]No such thing as a "death trap" or "dangerous" road...just a few impatient and discourteous users.[/p][/quote]There will always be bad drivers - does that mean they deserve to die? Surely not..... Leeby2
  • Score: 2

11:50am Thu 21 Aug 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I would just like to add, as stated in the Article, "renewal" "repair" "resurfacing" "patching" and "re-instating". I only hope that whoever does this , is NOT the cheapest ones, I have seen some roads works , upgrades, etc etc , making a bigger mess of things. We used to have road builders that laid good lang lasting roads, Just thing if the Romans had laid the Ancient Tarmac, lasted thousand years, Theses days lucky if it lasts 10.
I would just like to add, as stated in the Article, "renewal" "repair" "resurfacing" "patching" and "re-instating". I only hope that whoever does this , is NOT the cheapest ones, I have seen some roads works , upgrades, etc etc , making a bigger mess of things. We used to have road builders that laid good lang lasting roads, Just thing if the Romans had laid the Ancient Tarmac, lasted thousand years, Theses days lucky if it lasts 10. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 0

12:17pm Thu 21 Aug 14

York2000 says...

''A64 set for £2.2m upgrade - two months of roadworks loom''

Nothing like being positive is there Press? Laycock does like to be a bit Daily Mail with his reporting.
''A64 set for £2.2m upgrade - two months of roadworks loom'' Nothing like being positive is there Press? Laycock does like to be a bit Daily Mail with his reporting. York2000
  • Score: 1

12:27pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Stevie D says...

Hmmm, the headline says "upgrade", but the text says "basic ongoing maintenance" ... has someone been fooled by the HA press release? This is not an upgrade, it's just continuing with the road exactly as it is. An upgrade would be the desperately needed dual-carriageway all the way from Hopgrove to Malton with improved junctions.

But for those people saying that North Yorkshire gets nothing ... don't forget that we are nearing completion of nearly 60 miles of new motorway, from Ferrybridge to Scotch Corner, almost all of which is in North Yorkshire, which has been built over the last 20 years or so. In that time, there has been virtually no other motorway built in England, so while we haven't had as much investment as we might like, we haven't been completely ignored either!
Hmmm, the headline says "upgrade", but the text says "basic ongoing maintenance" ... has someone been fooled by the HA press release? This is [bold]not[/bold] an upgrade, it's just continuing with the road exactly as it is. An upgrade would be the desperately needed dual-carriageway all the way from Hopgrove to Malton with improved junctions. But for those people saying that North Yorkshire gets nothing ... don't forget that we are nearing completion of nearly 60 miles of new motorway, from Ferrybridge to Scotch Corner, almost all of which is in North Yorkshire, which has been built over the last 20 years or so. In that time, there has been virtually no other motorway built in England, so while we haven't had as much investment as we might like, we haven't been completely ignored either! Stevie D
  • Score: 1

5:05pm Thu 21 Aug 14

yorkguy says...

stevie D you are spot on!! the work done on the A1 is so overlooked its been a massive project!

As for the A64 it will get its turn Malton to York is just becoming a bigger and bigger carpark with every year, add in the expansion of housing in Malton/Norton and its clear things are just going to get worse, sooner or later the work will get done plans are being worked on as we speak!
stevie D you are spot on!! the work done on the A1 is so overlooked its been a massive project! As for the A64 it will get its turn Malton to York is just becoming a bigger and bigger carpark with every year, add in the expansion of housing in Malton/Norton and its clear things are just going to get worse, sooner or later the work will get done plans are being worked on as we speak! yorkguy
  • Score: 0

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