More safety action needed on killer road

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A group set up eight years ago to improve the safety of a road that has claimed at least 14 lives has welcomed plans for new action.

Action Access A1079 says the works would include dual carriageways and off-road cycle paths along the four-mile stretch of the A1079 between Pocklington and Wilberfoss.

The scheme is dependent on the success of a joint £13.4million bid by East Riding Council and City of York Council to the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership.

The A1079 has previously been labelled one of the most dangerous roads in the UK.

Grahame Hicks, chairman of the action group, said: “Action Access A1079 is fully supportive of a joint initiative between East Riding Council and City of York Council.

“We anticipate major works between Pocklington and Wilberfoss which may include some dualling and cycle paths. Other works are being planned between Dunnington and Grimston Bar. This will improve the journey time reliability on this stretch of the road and boost the likelihood of inward investment as businesses find Pocklington a better place to set up business.

“We would call on all local parishes, individuals and businesses to write to or email their ward councillors or directly to Transport Policy at East Riding Council showing their support.”

Since it was formed in 2006, Action Access A1079 has been lobbying East Riding Council to carry out works on the road.

One major road safety measure that has taken place since then has been the development of the Hodsow Lane roundabout near Pocklington. In addition, a new roundabout is set to be built at the dangerous Holme Road junction near Market Weighton.

A spokesperson for East Riding Council explained: “East Riding Council and City of York Council have submitted a joint £13.4million bid to the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership for A1079 Corridor Improvements.

“If successful, the scheme would include dualling sections of the A1079 to the west of Pocklington, creating new sections of off-road cycle routes and extension of bus lanes in York.

“The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership will submit a Strategic Economic Plan to Central Government at the end of March to inform our Local Growth Deal.

“Based on the strength of the submission, the Local Enterprise Partnership will subsequently receive a pot of funding from Central Government, in July, for projects that support economic growth in our local area.

“Funding could be used to support a number of projects and schemes in the LEP area, including transport, housing, flooding and skills.”

East Yorkshire MP, Sir Greg Knight, has met road safety campaigners to discuss what further can be done to improve safety on the A1079.

Sir Greg said: “Traffic flow on the A1079 will improve later this year as work commences on the Holme Road roundabout, but more needs to be done and I support still further investment.”