Public event to discuss Otley Road upgrade and cycle route

A public event is to be held in Harrogate to allow people to discuss design work in relation to the ‘off road’ Otley Road cycle route and junction upgrade at Harlow Moor Road with Otley Road.

 The total package will provide £4.6m for the work

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) will be holding the community engagement event on Monday 21 January from 2pm to 7pm at Harrogate Grammar School Sixth Form College. NYCC officers and designers will be available to discuss the proposed schemes.

Earlier this year NYCC was successful in obtaining funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund. With contributions from NYCC, Harrogate Borough Council and developers, the total package will provide £4.6m for the work, to be completed by March 2020. Among the planned upgrades are improvements to junctions on Otley Road, including smart traffic lights, extra traffic lanes and better pedestrian crossings.

Surveys and design work for the “off-road’’ Otley Road cycle route and upgrade at the junction of Harlow Moor Road and Otley Road, started in April.

Councillor Don Mackenzie, NYCC’s executive member for highways, said: “It is planned that the cycle path alongside Otley Road will link Cardale Park with Beech Grove rather than the Prince of Wales roundabout in order to reduce conflict with Stray land, and to provide cyclists with the opportunity of a safer route into the town centre. The introduction of this route will bring more sustainable travel choices to those already living in the town and the families occupying the new developments.

“Initial consultation and site visits have taken place with Harrogate Borough Council, Harrogate Cycle Forum and Stray Defence representatives. Draft designs have been discussed with all parties and the options are still being explored to ensure an off-road cycle route can be provided with minimal impact on Stray land.

“The overall scheme contains measures which improve connectivity in the west of Harrogate where residential development is taking place and will provide additional safety for cyclists.”

Updates on the schemes will be posted on https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/otleyroad

This story was published 18 December 2018