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Transport improvements announced for Yorkshire Dales town

[Monday 29 December 2008]

A PACKAGE of transport improvements for Hawes and villages in Upper Wensleydale has been approved in principle. The measures range from the provision of a new pedestrian crossing to the introduction of speed limits designed to make roads safer in the Yorkshire Dales town.

This Strategy has been drawn up following extensive consultation with local people, and reflects many of the priorities and desires identified during that process

John Fort - North Yorkshire County Council

The Hawes Service Centre Transportation Strategy has been drawn up following consultations with people and organisations within a thirty minute bus journey of Hawes. The villages of Askrigg, Appersett, Aysgarth, Bainbridge and Carperby are also included.

North Yorkshire County Council has allocated approximately £110,000 to fund the strategy in the next 15 months, with the possibility of more money being available in 2010-11.

The Strategy was adopted this week by Richard Flinton, John Fort and Clare Wood, all members of the County council's executive.

"This Strategy has been drawn up following extensive consultation with local people, and reflects many of the priorities and desires identified during that process," said Councillor Fort.

"A central theme of these local transportation strategies is that they should consist of schemes proposed and refined by the council in close association with those most affected by them ... the local people themselves."

The projects in the strategy include the provision of a pedestrian crossing in the centre of Hawes, the improvement of facilities at bus stops near The Creamery in Hawes, the construction of a footpath between Askrigg and Dale Grange, and the introduction of extended speed limits in Bainbridge. As part of the County Council's standard procedures, all the projects will be the subject of more detailed local consultations before any construction work is undertaken.

County Councillor John Blackie, the divisional member for the Upper Dales, commented: "The engagement of the county council with the local communities has been exemplary, and they have been given an influential role in what has, and has not, come forward.

"I am very pleased that a pedestrian crossing in Hawes has been proposed – as long as it does not remove valuable parking spaces – and the footpath at Dale Grange near Askrigg has been long overdue for the last thirty years. All in all, this is a good result for Upper Wensleydale."

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