Hawes traffic lights proposals removed from improvements list

The full list of proposed changes for Hawes.

Proposals to install traffic lights and remove a one-way system in Hawes have been cancelled after local residents raised concerns.

North Yorkshire County Council consulted on plans for a series of works to be financed by the Government’s Safer Roads Fund, which aims to address issues on the 50 A roads identified by the Government as having the highest-risk of serious collisions in the country.

Hawes was among the locations identified in the consultation to improve safety along the key A684 from Leeming Bar to junction 37 of the M6.

Among the proposals put forward by council officials was to remove the current one-way system on the Holme and install traffic lights.

However, the proposal proved unpopular with local residents and has now been removed from the list of planned improvements.

Officials say more than 200 responses were received during the consultation process and have now been analysed.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for access, said: “I would like to thank everybody who shared their views on the proposals which covered a number of options including improvements to footways, crossing facilities and associated carriageway works.

“Our officers have been reviewing your feedback and we are hopeful that the proposals that were supported can secure funding and come to fruition soon.

“We would like to reassure the local community that the proposals that were not supported will not be progressed further.”

Councillor Yvonne Peacock, Member for the Upper Dales division, said: “NYCC has listened to all who took part in the consultation and as promised the proposals that were not supported have been removed from the plans for example no traffic lights and no two-way traffic in the Holme.”

Cllr Jill McMullon, Hawes district councillor and chair of Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council, welcomed the decision to remove the proposals from the list.

“The residents of Hawes once again firmly rejected this ludicrous proposal.

“Two years ago the same scheme was put forward and it was a resounding ‘no’ then – despite promises it would not return.

“We couldn’t be more delighted that our voices have been heard loud and clear.”

Among the responses received were requests to assess the condition of the existing road surface and the introduction of a pedestrian crossing along Main Street, in addition to a new footway and the review of parking arrangements.

If the proposals meet the national guidelines and specifications, then they will be taken forward, which will require further local consultation.

Full details of the proposals can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/consultation-hawes-traffic-measures


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