York Outer Ring Road

The York Outer Ring Road, north of York City, is currently a heavily congested single carriageway. Its current traffic levels encourage drivers to divert through York City Centre, resulting in longer journeys and poor air quality.

The York Outer Ring Road scheme includes major highway redevelopment, including the dualling of the A1237, and safer pedestrian and cycle routes to unlock community access and encourage safe, green travel.

Not only will this provide road users with a safer experience on their journey, but, economically, it will unlock development opportunities outside of York; it will allow adjacent communities easier access to major hubs in the north, as well as the potential for more homes, jobs, and economic prosperity.

What we are doing

Since 2014, Pell Frischmann has been leading the scheme’s Highways Engineering and Transport Planning services. Collaborating closely with City of York Council, stakeholders and local residents, the plans include the following:

  • Widening highways: This will provide less congestion to more passengers on one of the busiest routes in Yorkshire, easing access into the city of York and its surrounding communities safely.
  • Underpasses across the network: Additional underpasses at roundabouts such as Clifton Moor, Haxby Road and Strensall Road to provide safe links between local schools, businesses and residential neighbourhoods.
  • Haxby Road Roundabout: The roundabout will be elevated to allow safe travel for cyclists and pedestrian from one side of the highway to the other. The two new underpasses, in addition to the existing two, will safely unlock residential communities and economy in the local area.
  • Retaining rural landscape: We aim to blend the community to its rural landscape, adding to the multiple large areas of grassland and wildflowers and retaining existing trees and hedges.
  • Bridge over the River Foss: The Bridge Engineering Team has worked closely with City of York’s Technical Approval Authority and the design team to prepare scheme option reports and Approval in Principals prior to the commencement of the detailed design of the bridges.

Outcomes so far

York’s Local Plan shows where development is anticipated to take place over the next 15 years, showing areas set aside for new housing, new jobs and new opportunities. Dualling the A1237 improves the active travel options significantly and allows more people to travel to access education, jobs, services and infrastructure.

We have also provided the full range of environmental surveys and assessments to support the planning application for the scheme including ecology surveys for great crested newts, breeding birds, otters and water voles, bats and reptiles; biodiversity net gain assessment; noise assessment; air quality assessment; landscape and visual impact assessments; flood risk assessment; land contamination risk assessment; and transport assessment. These have all been used to support the production of an Environmental Statement assessing the environmental risks and their mitigation or enhancement.

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