£9m extra to be invested in North Yorkshire’s roads

Cllr Andrew Williams, left, and Cllr Keane Duncan in Ripon’s Market Place

More than £9m in extra roads maintenance funding for North Yorkshire has been hailed as an “immense boost” for the county’s network.

The government funding announced today comes as an ambitious plan of improvement schemes is set to be agreed for the county for the next financial year.

Our highways capital programme includes street lighting, bridges, integrated transport and road maintenance.

The 2024/25 programme, set to be approved next Friday (November 24), outlines how £40.07 million funding from the Department for Transport (DfT), will be spent.

A total of £17.6m is allocated for road maintenance schemes such as patching, resurfacing and surface dressing. A further £2.1m will be spent on footway maintenance.

Delivery of the capital programme will be boosted by the county’s share of £3.8 billion of additional highways maintenance funding announced today by the Government over the next 10 years. North Yorkshire’s allocation includes an extra £4.7 million for this year and next.

Executive member for highways and transport, Cllr Keane Duncan, said: “Keeping our 5,800 miles of roads in the best condition is a key priority for us, but an ongoing challenge.

“To rise to this immense task, we’ve already invested £6.5m more this year. I am pleased we can invest even more this year and next year, too.

“This significant, extra funding will be an immense boost and allow us to repair even more roads next year than expected.

“I know this investment in our road network will be welcomed across North Yorkshire.”

Among the major schemes included in next year’s programme is the £630,000 resurfacing of Ripon’s Market Place, where highway teams have worked hard to carry out investigative work and prepare designs to mitigate the risk of ground conditions delaying the scheme.

At public events in the new year people will be able to have their say on the designs. The scheme is expected to be delivered in autumn next year. 

Cllr Andrew Williams, who represents the Ripon Minster and Moorside division on North Yorkshire Council, said: “While it is disappointing that the initial tests on the sub-structure mean further investigation is required, it is important that we get it right and we have a long-lasting, level road surface around the Market Place.

“I welcome the council’s commitment to Ripon by the inclusion of this scheme in the capital programme for 2024/25 and like all local residents will be delighted when the scheme is completed.”

Also included in next year’s programme are resurfacing schemes totalling £300,000 on Pannal Ash Road and £528,000 on York Place in Harrogate. The crossroads on the A6055 near Brompton on Swale will be resurfaced at a cost of £92,400.

A total of £500,000 has been allocated to fund spray injection patching across the county. This mechanised process has proved a more efficient and cost-effective way to repair potholes and helps to prepare roads for future surface dressing.

We are further prioritising safety with a total of £600,000 allocated for accident investigation and prevention, and £530,00 for signage and lining improvements. This is an increase from £400,000 and £320,000 respectively on last year’s programme.

Details of schemes to benefit from the extra funding will be confirmed shortly.

The capital programme will be considered by Cllr Duncan and the corporate director for environment, Karl Battersby, at a meeting on Friday, 24 November.