Those of us who live and work in the Yorkshire Dales – Wensleydale in particular – may be interested to learn that North Yorkshire County Council has approved a £42million bypass on the A684, which will see the main road from Hawes to Northallerton bypass Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar.
According to BBC Yorks:
The project will take the main A684 road out of Bedale along a new three-mile (4.8km) road.
The council will pay about £6m of the £42m cost of the road but said it would drop the project if costs rose substantially.
Work on the bypass is expected to begin in 2014 and is due to take two years to construct.
It will also bypass Aiskew and Leeming Bar.
The council decided to fund the scheme after the government indicated it would only pay about £36m towards construction.
Those of us who regularly travel to Northallerton along the A684 – perhaps to catch the train at Northallerton station – will be please to hear that this road, construction of which will begin in 2014, may well reduce wait times at choke points in Bedale and Leeming Bar in particular.
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