We have been awarded funding from the government's National Productivity Investment fund to deliver a Sustainable Transport Package in the West of Harrogate.
With contributions from ourselves, Harrogate Borough Council and developers, the total package will deliver £4.6m of improvements. These will be delivered by March 2020.
What will the package of improvements include?
Among the planned upgrades are improvements to junctions on Otley Road including smart traffic lights, extra traffic lanes, a new off road cycle lane to link into the developing cycle network and new or improved pedestrian crossings. These engineering measures will be complimented by an investment into the ‘softer’ measures such as publicity and education regarding sustainable travel.
The package of sustainable measures will help to improve safety and alleviate the levels of congestion currently experienced along the Otley Road corridor, accommodating the existing traffic and future growth of Harrogate as recognised in Harrogate Borough Council’s draft Local Plan.
Surveys and design work in relation to the ‘off road’ Otley Road cycle route and junction upgrade at Harlow Moor Road with Otley Road commenced in April 2018. The local highways team will be keeping the public up to date regarding design, programme and delivery over the next 12 months here.
Public Engagement Event - 21 January 2019
North Yorkshire County Council officers hosted a public engagement event at Harrogate Grammar school earlier this year. This event focused on the designs of Harlow Moor Road Junction and the Otley Road cycle route, schemes that have been developed as part of a wider package to improve congestion and the impact of future trip demand on the highway network.
Attended by over 200 Harrogate residents and stakeholder representatives, the attendees were provided with the opportunity to discuss the draft pans with the designers. All comments were noted and have been considered as part of the final design of the schemes. A number of the key questions raised at the event have been collated in the Questions and Answers document (pdf / 228 KB).
The final designs of the Harlow Moor Road junction improvement and the cycle route will be taken through the appropriate road safety audit process, any identified additional amendments to the design following this process will be implemented.
Regarding the cycle route, there are still on-going discussions taking place with Harrogate Borough Council regarding the use of Stray land in parts and these must be concluded before any final delivery dates can be considered. Upgrade to the Harlow Moor Road Junction can be accommodated within Highway land.
Delivery of the full package must be completed before March 2020. Indicative start dates for all schemes are:
- Harlow Moor Road Junction upgrade: August 2019
- Cycle Route development: Late September 2019
- Signal Improvement scheme: Late September 2019
Once final dates have been agreed, further communication will be issued to residents in the vicinity of the works and the travelling public to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.