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New funding brings North Yorkshire roads investment to £50 million

A new round of funding has been set aside to repair roads across North Yorkshire.

Repairing potholes is high on the council's agenda Credit: Press Association

Following a £24 million government grant and an additional £10 million pledged last month for pothole repair, a further £15 million is being spent on essential road repairs in the county.

The County Council say around half of the most recent allocation comes from the Department for Transport, with the remainder being invested by the council.

They say the extra funding should secure a programme of highway maintenance through to 2021.

This year a total of £50 million has been set aside for the county's roads.

North Yorkshire is the biggest county in size with a largely rural and dispersed population. For that reason maintaining our road network is vital if we are to support our businesses, attract inward investment and contribute to good quality of life for our residents.

– Cllr John Weighell, Leader of the Council

Millions to be spent on the region's potholes

Hundreds of thousands of potholes could be filled in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire thanks to the biggest investment in roads since the 1970s.

Lincolnshire is getting a significant share of the fund - £5,429,664, as is North Yorkshire, which is getting £5,176,164. The government believes that is enough to fill around 100 thousand potholes in each of the two counties:

Safety measures to be increased on dangerous Lincolnshire road

Residents of a Lincolnshire town are one step closer to securing a new pedestrian crossing on a particularly dangerous stretch of the A15.

The A15 at Northorpe set for pedestrian crossing Credit: Lincolnshire County Council

After an accident near Thurlby in January that involved two young school children the speed limit has been reduced from 60mph to 40mph.

But people down the road in Northorpe want to go one step further and get a pedestrian crossing.

The criteria for introducing a pedestrian crossing are set by the Department for Transport. Over the last few weeks the number of vehicles passing the site in both directions was counted, as well as the number of pedestrians who crossed the road.

Counts of numbers of vehicles and pedestrians are normally taken within the period 0600 to 2200 to cover a typical working day. This information is then analysed to determine whether a crossing is appropriate.

Lincolnshire County Council, which commissioned the survey, will now create a detailed design for the new scheme and progress with the necessary legal processes, which includes holding a public consultation.

A similar study looking at whether a crossing is required in the adjoining village of Thurlby is still being analysed.

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