Killinghall bypass proposed as part of plans to tackle congestion


Dec 21, 2020
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Plans for a Killinghall bypass look set to be put forward as part of a wider set of measures to tackle congestion in the Harrogate district.

The other measures include improvements to the A61 and A59, closing off residential streets in Bilton and creating a park and ride for the south of Harrogate.

North Yorkshire County Council conducted a study last year to find ways to ease congestion in the Harrogate district.

The study found fierce opposition to building a western relief road that would have included bypassed Killinghall. That idea is now off the table.

But the idea of a standalone bypass for Killinghall will be put to the council’s Harrogate and Knaresborough area committee on January 7.

A report to the committee says the current bypass proposal would cost less to construct than the relief road and would offer “high value for money”.

It recommends councillors add the plan to the authority’s list of major projects, which would require funding from the Department for Transport.

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Cllr Don Mackenzie, executive member for access at the county council, told the Stray Ferret the scheme would need to develop a business case to secure funding.

Cllr Mackenzie said:

“A relief road is what we were proposing but 80% of people did not want it.

“There will be various business cases. There is always funding available from government and we would expect the Killinghall bypass to be a separate business case.”

Closing Bilton streets

The committee will also consider closing some streets in Bilton to create low traffic neighbourhoods to encourage people to make shorter journeys by walking or cycling.

A park and ride to the south of Harrogate near to the A61 has also been identified. 

However, council officers are expected to develop the proposal further with an existing bus service in order for the scheme to be financially viable.

The county council also wants to improve the A59 and A61 for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

A further report on the finances of the projects is expected to brought before the county council in spring 2021.

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