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£42M Yorkshire bypass gets green light

Construction of the A684 bypass in North Yorkshire can start after the Department for Transport agreed to provide over £29M towards the scheme.

The bypass will follow an east-west ‘tourist route’ to the Yorkshire Dales, bypassing Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar, and improving access to the Leeming Bar Industrial Estate.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “The A684 scheme will provide significant environmental improvements to the communities bypassed. The very important local tourist market will benefit and the bypass will help support growth of the local economy.

“We are putting £29M into this project because the government is serious about investing in the infrastructure the country needs to drive economic growth, both locally and nationally.”

The scheme consists of a new 4.8 kilometre single carriageway road from the A684 north of Bedale to the A684 east of Leeming Bar, which links into Junction 51 of the A1(M).

The A684 is the principal east-west route between Northallerton, the county town of North Yorkshire, and the Yorkshire Dales.

Work is scheduled to start shortly with completion in May 2016.

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