State of North Yorkshire's roads "rapidly becoming a crisis", says council boss

Gazette & Herald: John Weighell says the state of North Yorkshire's roads is "rapidly becoming a crisis" John Weighell says the state of North Yorkshire's roads is "rapidly becoming a crisis"

THE state of North Yorkshire’s roads is “rapidly becoming a crisis”, according to a council leader who has appealed to the Government for millions of pounds for repairs.

As reported last week, North Yorkshire County Council leader John Weighell has asked Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to at least match-fund the £5 million pot which the authority is setting aside for urgent roads maintenance in 2014/15.

The council has a repairs backlog totlaling £322 million and says it receives only £28m a year for repairs instead of the £60m it estimates it needs.

Coun Weighell today stepped up his comments, releasing a letter he has written to Mr McLoughlin.

In it, he said: “We are considering investing more of our reserves if you are prepared to invest with us. Insufficient funding for highway maintenance is not a problem unique to North Yorkshire, but I believe we feel the pain particularly badly.

"North Yorkshire has the third largest road network, the topography means we are vulnerable to extreme weather, and our dispersed population and rural economy make our minor roads particularly important.”

Coun Weighell and Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones, will meet Mr McLoughlin on February 27.

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10:54am Mon 17 Feb 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Everyone in Bishop Wilton was amazed last month when the council announced the village roads were to be resurfaced. For a fortnight the village was inundated with massive machines and dozens of men who have made an excellent job of re-building the roads around our little village. The cost of doing the work must be over a £1million and the result is that nearly all of the villagers now have a brand new road outside their front doors!

But, the arterial road from the A166 at Garrowby Hill, through Wilton, and onto Pocklington is left untouched and begs the question as to what criteria is used by East Yorkshire C.C. in deciding which roads are selected for renewal!
Everyone in Bishop Wilton was amazed last month when the council announced the village roads were to be resurfaced. For a fortnight the village was inundated with massive machines and dozens of men who have made an excellent job of re-building the roads around our little village. The cost of doing the work must be over a £1million and the result is that nearly all of the villagers now have a brand new road outside their front doors! But, the arterial road from the A166 at Garrowby Hill, through Wilton, and onto Pocklington is left untouched and begs the question as to what criteria is used by East Yorkshire C.C. in deciding which roads are selected for renewal! Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 12

10:59am Mon 17 Feb 14

BL2 says...

So many of the roads around and in York are in a dreadful state. Out yesterday and some large parts are downright dangerous!
So many of the roads around and in York are in a dreadful state. Out yesterday and some large parts are downright dangerous! BL2
  • Score: 18

11:30am Mon 17 Feb 14

yourkidding says...

were is the dick turpin cash going from lendal bridge ???
were is the dick turpin cash going from lendal bridge ??? yourkidding
  • Score: 10

11:55am Mon 17 Feb 14

take 5 says...

the amount of tax from motorists on petrol and car tax we should have the best roads in the world but we all know it doesnt get spent there
the amount of tax from motorists on petrol and car tax we should have the best roads in the world but we all know it doesnt get spent there take 5
  • Score: 7

12:02pm Mon 17 Feb 14

old_geezer says...

yourkidding wrote:
were is the dick turpin cash going from lendal bridge ???
(a) it's going to York City, not NYCC
(b) it's £hundreds of thousands, whereas NYCC needs £60 MILLION per year
[quote][p][bold]yourkidding[/bold] wrote: were is the dick turpin cash going from lendal bridge ???[/p][/quote](a) it's going to York City, not NYCC (b) it's £hundreds of thousands, whereas NYCC needs £60 MILLION per year old_geezer
  • Score: 6

1:35pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Just send any damages to the council who will pay without going to court,. i don’t think York’s roads are too bad... i'd say when work is undertaken on them its poor quality and always needs going back to. The council does waste so much money on road improvements though. They need to plan better or get a competent contractor on a framework and let them plan the works on a risk level. Most of the time it seems works done just for the sake of it with no noticable improvements.
Just send any damages to the council who will pay without going to court,. i don’t think York’s roads are too bad... i'd say when work is undertaken on them its poor quality and always needs going back to. The council does waste so much money on road improvements though. They need to plan better or get a competent contractor on a framework and let them plan the works on a risk level. Most of the time it seems works done just for the sake of it with no noticable improvements. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 6

1:46pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

old_geezer wrote:
yourkidding wrote: were is the dick turpin cash going from lendal bridge ???
(a) it's going to York City, not NYCC (b) it's £hundreds of thousands, whereas NYCC needs £60 MILLION per year
to be fair thats based on a council estimate so always say double what you need... bring back boys of the black stuff.....
[quote][p][bold]old_geezer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yourkidding[/bold] wrote: were is the dick turpin cash going from lendal bridge ???[/p][/quote](a) it's going to York City, not NYCC (b) it's £hundreds of thousands, whereas NYCC needs £60 MILLION per year[/p][/quote]to be fair thats based on a council estimate so always say double what you need... bring back boys of the black stuff..... Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 3

4:41pm Mon 17 Feb 14

pedalling paul says...

Commentators please be aware that CoYC as a Unitary Authority, maintains all the roads within its boundary except the A64 which is a Highways Agency responsibility. The rest of the County's detrunked and local roads are managed by NYCC.
Commentators please be aware that CoYC as a Unitary Authority, maintains all the roads within its boundary except the A64 which is a Highways Agency responsibility. The rest of the County's detrunked and local roads are managed by NYCC. pedalling paul
  • Score: -2

8:29pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Topdob says...

'Rapidly becoming a crisis,' - pull the other one. The 'crisis' has been with us years and years as anybody who has worked in NYCC Highways for years and years will tell you.
'Rapidly becoming a crisis,' - pull the other one. The 'crisis' has been with us years and years as anybody who has worked in NYCC Highways for years and years will tell you. Topdob
  • Score: 2

5:48am Tue 18 Feb 14

Abdiel says...

Better get cracking and tosh up the route of the Depart. Can't have 'em damaging their valuable bikes when they're all over the road like a rash,how will they avoid the potholes?
Better get cracking and tosh up the route of the Depart. Can't have 'em damaging their valuable bikes when they're all over the road like a rash,how will they avoid the potholes? Abdiel
  • Score: 0

8:31am Tue 18 Feb 14

retrorigg says...

a lot of roads that have been recently dug up and then re laid are appauling , green dykes lane is worse than a cobbled road now and so is campleshion road,
a lot of roads that have been recently dug up and then re laid are appauling , green dykes lane is worse than a cobbled road now and so is campleshion road, retrorigg
  • Score: 0

8:58am Tue 18 Feb 14

Caecilius says...

Abdiel wrote:
Better get cracking and tosh up the route of the Depart. Can't have 'em damaging their valuable bikes when they're all over the road like a rash,how will they avoid the potholes?
And of course it's all the wear and tear from that endless stream of heavy bikes that causes the potholes in the first place.....
[quote][p][bold]Abdiel[/bold] wrote: Better get cracking and tosh up the route of the Depart. Can't have 'em damaging their valuable bikes when they're all over the road like a rash,how will they avoid the potholes?[/p][/quote]And of course it's all the wear and tear from that endless stream of heavy bikes that causes the potholes in the first place..... Caecilius
  • Score: -3

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