David Cameron pledges to examine case for A64 improvements

Gazette & Herald: David Cameron David Cameron

THE Prime Minister has vowed to “look carefully” at the case for improvements to an accident-plagued North Yorkshire road.

There were 35 crashes on the A64 through Ryedale in 2012 – four more than the previous year and the highest level since 2009. One person was killed.

The issue was raised in the Commons by Anne McIntosh, Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton, who warned of “congestion and poor safety on that road”.

Miss McIntosh asked David Cameron, who holidayed in North Yorkshire last year: “Will he join me to ensure that on his future visits he can travel much faster and in much greater safety on the A64?”

In reply, Mr Cameron said the MP was “absolutely right to raise this issue.”

He added: “The quality and capacity of the road system in Yorkshire has been, and is, a major issue.

“I know the Chancellor was listening carefully to what she had to say and I am sure we can look carefully at this for the future roads programme.”

Only a few months ago, the Highways Agency played down any prospects of major improvement schemes to the A64 in the near future. However, the agency has been reviewing speed limits through villages on the road, by carrying out surveys.

Campaigners have called for better safety measures for many years. There were 21 deaths and 149 serious crashes between 2002 and 2012.

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10:03am Thu 9 Jan 14

MrsHoney says...

There seem to be accidents all along the A64 every week! Terrible road.
There seem to be accidents all along the A64 every week! Terrible road. MrsHoney

10:27am Thu 9 Jan 14

bolero says...

So the government like many previous administrations are "going to look carefully" at this. Promises, promises, yes but only to look at it. We require some action. Our own local MPs are not pushing hard enough on this. HS2 will not solve this horrendous situation.
So the government like many previous administrations are "going to look carefully" at this. Promises, promises, yes but only to look at it. We require some action. Our own local MPs are not pushing hard enough on this. HS2 will not solve this horrendous situation. bolero

11:06am Thu 9 Jan 14

Tom6187 says...

MrsHoney wrote:
There seem to be accidents all along the A64 every week! Terrible road.
Terrible drivers more like.
[quote][p][bold]MrsHoney[/bold] wrote: There seem to be accidents all along the A64 every week! Terrible road.[/p][/quote]Terrible drivers more like. Tom6187

11:25am Thu 9 Jan 14

Maltonian says...

Amazing how the prospect of deselection can focus the mind of an MP re raising their profile.
Looks like they'll be putting a few more traffic islands and red road surface in then................
....or more likely they'll "look carefully" at it and do nowt as usual.
Amazing how the prospect of deselection can focus the mind of an MP re raising their profile. Looks like they'll be putting a few more traffic islands and red road surface in then................ ....or more likely they'll "look carefully" at it and do nowt as usual. Maltonian

11:40am Thu 9 Jan 14

The Great Buda says...

Tom6187 wrote:
MrsHoney wrote:
There seem to be accidents all along the A64 every week! Terrible road.
Terrible drivers more like.
A bit of both is more to the truth.

The road isn't capable of handling the amount of traffic it has to deal with.
[quote][p][bold]Tom6187[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrsHoney[/bold] wrote: There seem to be accidents all along the A64 every week! Terrible road.[/p][/quote]Terrible drivers more like.[/p][/quote]A bit of both is more to the truth. The road isn't capable of handling the amount of traffic it has to deal with. The Great Buda

11:58am Thu 9 Jan 14

inthesticks says...

Maltonian wrote:
Amazing how the prospect of deselection can focus the mind of an MP re raising their profile.
Looks like they'll be putting a few more traffic islands and red road surface in then................

....or more likely they'll "look carefully" at it and do nowt as usual.
I don`t think that`s fair to AM, she is one of the most hard working MPs. (and i`m a Labour voter).
[quote][p][bold]Maltonian[/bold] wrote: Amazing how the prospect of deselection can focus the mind of an MP re raising their profile. Looks like they'll be putting a few more traffic islands and red road surface in then................ ....or more likely they'll "look carefully" at it and do nowt as usual.[/p][/quote]I don`t think that`s fair to AM, she is one of the most hard working MPs. (and i`m a Labour voter). inthesticks

4:29pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Yorkie Cherry says...

inthesticks wrote:
Maltonian wrote:
Amazing how the prospect of deselection can focus the mind of an MP re raising their profile.
Looks like they'll be putting a few more traffic islands and red road surface in then................


....or more likely they'll "look carefully" at it and do nowt as usual.
I don`t think that`s fair to AM, she is one of the most hard working MPs. (and i`m a Labour voter).
I agree. I am not a Tory voter but she has helped me with alot of issues.

What annoyed me regarding Mr Cameron's response was when he said the Chancellor was listening Mr Osborne gave a smirk which indicated he couldn't give a ****.

Also Miss McIntosh was successful today in raising a debate in Parliament regarding seeking increased rural support from central government. This generated support from both sides of the House and she should be applauded in this respect.
[quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maltonian[/bold] wrote: Amazing how the prospect of deselection can focus the mind of an MP re raising their profile. Looks like they'll be putting a few more traffic islands and red road surface in then................ ....or more likely they'll "look carefully" at it and do nowt as usual.[/p][/quote]I don`t think that`s fair to AM, she is one of the most hard working MPs. (and i`m a Labour voter).[/p][/quote]I agree. I am not a Tory voter but she has helped me with alot of issues. What annoyed me regarding Mr Cameron's response was when he said the Chancellor was listening Mr Osborne gave a smirk which indicated he couldn't give a ****. Also Miss McIntosh was successful today in raising a debate in Parliament regarding seeking increased rural support from central government. This generated support from both sides of the House and she should be applauded in this respect. Yorkie Cherry

2:39am Fri 10 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Uh-oh.... If a reasonable, competant politican was saying they were "examining the case for A64 improvements", then I'd think perhaps they were considering dualling to Malton and putting in grade-seperated junctions where necessary with pedestrian over/underpasses where necessary too.

But this is David Cameron we're talking about, one of the worst politicans for a generation. Expect 40mph limits from the A1 to Scarborough by 2015!!
Uh-oh.... If a reasonable, competant politican was saying they were "examining the case for A64 improvements", then I'd think perhaps they were considering dualling to Malton and putting in grade-seperated junctions where necessary with pedestrian over/underpasses where necessary too. But this is David Cameron we're talking about, one of the worst politicans for a generation. Expect 40mph limits from the A1 to Scarborough by 2015!! Magicman!

2:55pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Roger S says...

I think York and Scarborough people will benefit the most from this but we are the ones who have to bring it up in Ryedale. It's good Cameron knows the area and knows the issue. The red road is pot holed at the moment so how that is anti skid or helping I don't know.
I think York and Scarborough people will benefit the most from this but we are the ones who have to bring it up in Ryedale. It's good Cameron knows the area and knows the issue. The red road is pot holed at the moment so how that is anti skid or helping I don't know. Roger S

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