Planning application for York Outer Ring Road scheme submitted

A planning application to improve the city’s outer ring road has been submitted by City of York Council

The plans include significant improvements, with the aim to reduce congestion, move car journeys out of the city centre and improve active travel facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

The proposals feature upgrades along the York Outer Ring Road from the A19 Shipton Road to the A1036 Little Hopgrove and would see improvements to 6 sections of the northern York Outer Ring Road, including 5 roundabouts at:

  • *Clifton Moor
  • *Wigginton Road
  • *Haxby Road
  • *Strensall Road
  • *Monks Cross

If approved, these five roundabouts will be enlarged to a similar size and standard as the recently completed A1237/B1224 Wetherby Road roundabout, completed in 2019.

As part of the plans, existing single-carriageway roads will be widened to dual-carriageway roads in both directions to reduce congestion.

The proposals follow the public consultation that took place in 2020, which saw more pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities and routes added to the scheme. Improvements would see over 6km added to York’s walking and cycling network.

The scheme also has an ecological landscape strategy, with a commitment to comprehensive landscaping, tree planting and enhancements to bio-diversity.

Subject to planning consent, construction work is anticipated to commence in mid-2023 for 2 years, with completion in 2025.

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said: “This is another significant step forward for this major project and follows extensive consultation with residents and businesses, which have helped to shape the plans.

“Following the consultation, which saw over 3,500 responses received, we have bolstered the active travel options, with more walking and cycling routes for residents and also increased the biodiversity of the scheme to increase the environmental benefits.

“The upgrades to the ring road will cut congestion, improve local air quality and offer more active travel opportunities. Dualling the outer ring road has been a long-held ambition, so I look forward to the project progressing to harness the significant economic and environmental benefits these improvements will bring to the city.”

The full project, which is valued at over £65 million, is funded by City of York Council, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Department for Transport.

The plans have been developed by designers at Pell Frischmann. The planning application can be viewed at under reference number 22/02020/FULM.


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