The first meeting of the Harrogate congestion study engagement group has identified a number of issues to be analysed ahead of a possible public consultation exercise next year.
The engagement group was set up to offer advice from a range of interested parties on the options for tackling road congestion in Harrogate. It comprises members from businesses, transport operators, transport action groups and environmental groups as well as elected members from the county, district and parish councils.
It will meet three times and each meeting will consider different issues and options including options for potential transport investment. The aim is to identify which are the most appropriate options for congestion relief for Harrogate and Knaresborough.
The county council executive member for transport, Councillor Don Mackenzie, said: “The first meeting of this diverse engagement group went very well and I am grateful to those who attended. Members provided the project team with very useful guidance on how we make sure that the residents of Harrogate and Knaresborough fully understand what the options to reduce congestion are.
“Our top priority is to reduce congestion in the Harrogate area, a problem which is growing year by year and which affects us all - residents, businesses and those who visit us. We are confident that our work with the engagement group will enable us to be ready to undertake an extensive public consultation early in 2019 if such a decision is taken."