Green light for next phase of York Outer Ring Road upgrade

14 September 2018

Work to upgrade Monks Cross, the second of seven roundabouts being improved as part of a £38m scheme to reduce congestion and improve journey times on York's outer ring road, has received planning permission.

Monks Cross is the second roundabout on the A1237 set for improvements over the next four years. The upgrades will mean more lanes and space on the approaches and exits, as well as improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.

The £38 million programme to improve York Outer Ring Road is being funded through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of Government investment through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said: "Through our West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund we have spent over £90 million on schemes designed to speed up journeys by reducing congestion which in turn support inclusive growth and the creation of new jobs across the Leeds City Region."

Executive member for Transport and Planning, Cllr Peter Dew, said: "I'm delighted to approve the next step in the York Outer Ring Road upgrade scheme. This is the next stepping stone in our drive to improve seven key roundabouts along the outer ring road and help to reduce journey times for residents, businesses and visitors.

"I'd also like to thank people for their understanding and co-operation during the works at Wetherby Road roundabout which are on schedule to be completed in early 2019."

Cllr Dew also noted the four-week public consultation that took place in May where residents and businesses were asked for their views and feedback on the proposed upgrade.