£10m A1(M) roadworks near Knaresborough due to complete this year

A £10m improvements project at junction 47 of the A1(M) is making good progress, authorities say.

Tuesday, 7th September 2021, 8:41 am

The scheme at Allerton Park involves widening three of the four slip roads onto and off the roundabout to increase capacity as well as a number of junction improvements.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones visited the works last Thursday to get a progress report from North Yorkshire County Council which is delivering the project and National Highways, formerly Highways England, which is part-funding it.

Mr Jones said: “A vital aspect of enabling the levelling up of this area and the wider region is ensuring that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support economic development and the jobs, homes and prosperity that delivers.

“I am delighted to see the progress being made on this key junction.

“This upgrade will strengthen transport connections and enhance resilience, adding an important piece to the jigsaw that will guide sustainable growth in Harrogate and Knaresborough in the coming years.”

As well as widening the slip roads, traffic signals will be installed on the roundabout to improve traffic flow.

Signals will also be added to the T-junction between the A168 and the A59 from junction 47 on the York side to benefit drivers turning on to the A59.

To the west of Junction 47, between the A1 and the Flaxby roundabout, a lane will be added for traffic travelling east, so there will be two lanes in each direction between those two roundabouts.

Simon Boyle, Yorkshire and North East Divisional Director for National Highways, said: “This scheme will unlock future growth to Harrogate and Knaresborough by enabling better movement of people and goods as well as improving traffic flow and safety for local road users. We look forward to its completion.”

Coun Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “These upgrades will address congestion at this location, improve road safety and support sustainable development in Harrogate and Knaresborough.

“This investment is also vital to address one of the County Council’s top transport priorities, improving east-west connections across North Yorkshire.”

The project, to be completed in December 2021, has been supported by £2.47m from the government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, with contributions from the County Council, National Highways and Forward Investment LLP.

David Dickson, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure and Joint Assets Board, said: “Improved connectivity will enable good economic growth for the region. We’re delighted to see the continued progress of this scheme.”

The contractor is Farrans Construction and the scheme designer and supervisor is Aecom.