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.
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 18 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).
Otley Road Cycle Route
Anticipated Start Date: June 2020
The cycle route has been designed off road along the wide footpath and verges of Otley Road. It has been designed to take cyclists on both sides of the road on segregated routes where site constraints allow, otherwise shared – approx. 42% segregated and 58% shared. The design has included a number of new junction upgrades to introduce two new Toucan facilities for cyclists. The design can be found at the link below. Please note, the scheme has been through the Stage 2 Road Safety Audit and the final designs are being amended as part of this process
The design includes the use of the Stray, requiring a change in byelaw. This must be implemented by Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) under the Harrogate Stray Act 1985, and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) local highways team are liaising with Harrogate Officers. It is likely that the legal requirements associated with the Stray will not be concluded by July 2020. If this is the case, delivery of the cycle route will need to be split into phases.
The first phase (Harlow Moor Road to Arthur’s Avenue) to commence June 2020, the second phase (Arthurs Avenue to the town Centre) to be delivered at a later date once the use of the Stray and associated requirements have been concluded.
There will be a third phase that continues the route from Harlow Moor Road to Cardale Park. This element will be developer funded and discussions are ongoing regarding the design and delivery of this section. We will continue to work with the developers to ensure the appropriate standards are consistent with the off road cycle route delivered by us.
Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council Officers are currently considering locations where surfaced areas can be returned to grass. Appropriate consultations and permissions must then take place.
Harlow Moor Road Junction
Anticipated Start Date: June 2020
Improvements at the junction of Harlow Moor Road with Otley Road will see the widening of the junction and the introduction of a left turn lane into Harlow Moor Road. This improvement will address the impact of queuing traffic in the short term but has also been designed to allow the capacity of future growth identified in Harrogate Borough Council’s Local Plan. The final design can be found at the link below.
A number of utility diversions are required to facilitate both the junction works and the cycle route. All necessary parties have been identified (Virgin, Vodafone and Northern Power Grid) and programmes are being concluded. NYCC are pushing for utility work on the junction to start as soon as possible as neither project can commence until the utility programmes are complete.
Once final start dates are confirmed, residents and businesses in the vicinity of the works will be provided with further details of the scheme programme and traffic management arrangements. Appropriate notices will also be erected in advance of any work starting.
Further details and work progress will be posted here.