A campaign has been launched to make the A64 a dual carriageway between York and Malton – and to ease congestion caused by traffic heading to and from the wast coast.
Businesses, MPs, local authorities, trade organisations and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, are calling on the government to take action to resolve safety concerns and problems with congestion.
It follows two accidents which killed four people in the last two months and frequent traffic jams caused by heavy traffic towards the east coast.
Barry Dodd, chairman of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, said: “Our great Yorkshire coast not only provides the essential route for many businesses, but it is also the route for the whole of Yorkshire, to their tourist and leisure space.
"We must make it a pleasure for everyone to use, not what it is today."
Emma Smailes from The Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The A64 is constantly being brought up as an issue for growth for small and medium sized businesses across the whole of Yorkshire, not just North Yorkshire but West Yorkshire as well. The FSB would like to see the promised investment in the A64 quickly coming to fruition, with dualling introduced as far east towards Scarborough as possible.”