A64 road

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A64 road
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A64 flyover located south of Fulford
Route information
Length: 70 mi (110 km)
Major junctions
West end: Leeds
  [ A 1 (M)  ] A1(M) motorway
A19 A19 road
A162 A162 road
A165 A165 road
A166 A166 road
A171 A171 road
A169 A169 road
A170 A170 road
A1036 A1036 road
A1039 A1039 road
A1079 A1079 road
A1237 A1237 road
A61 A61 road
A63 A63 road
A653 A653 road
A659 A659 road
A6120 A6120 road
East end: Scarborough
Location
Primary
destinations
:

Leeds, York, Malton, Scarborough
Road network

The A64 is a major road in North and West Yorkshire, England which links Leeds, York and Scarborough. The A64 starts as the A64(M) ring road motorway in Leeds, then towards York it becomes a high quality dual carriageway until it is East of York, where it becomes a single-carriageway for most of it's route to Scarborough.

The road approximates a section of the old Roman road running from Chester to Bridlington, intersecting Ermine Street - the Old North Road - at York.

Route[edit]

Leeds-York[edit]

Towards the A1

The road begins in Leeds as the motorway A64(M) at Richmond Hill and the Woodpecker Junction, and close to the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the NHS's imposing Quarry House. It leads onto the York Road, passing All Saints Richmond Hill CE Primary School where there is a flyover for Lupton Avenue, and a left turn for the B6159 Harehills Lane near the Victoria Primary School. At Killingbeck, the A63 forks to the right at its western terminus. It passes Asda on the left, with the Killingbeck Retail Park, and Seacroft Hospital on the right. It meets Foundry Lane and Cross Gates Road at a roundabout next to Killingbeck police station. It meets, and overlaps with, the Leeds Outer Ring Road (A6120) at a roundabout near Swarcliffe next to St Theresa's RC Primary School, and at Seacroft there is a roundabout where the A64 leaves to the right, with the Ramada Leeds North hotel to the east.

At Arthursdale it passes over the former Wetherby - Cross Gates railway line. At Saw Wood it is crossed by the Leeds Country Way. The section from Leeds to Bramham was scheduled for improvement in two stages, but this was cancelled in the mid-1980s. Just before junction 45 of the A1(M), the road enters North Yorkshire, and the district of Selby. At the Bramham Moor Interchange there are access roads to Aberford and Bramham (former A1). Where the road meets the A1, it used to pass unhindered as a dual carriageway, but since the motorway section of the A1(M) was opened on 4 February 1999, the road now has a roundabout. East of the junction in Stutton with Hazlewood, the Roman Ridge joins the road, which the A64 follows until the Tadcaster bypass. The four-mile £8.9 million dual carriageway Tadcaster Bypass opened in September 1978. The A659 (former route) is to the left, with Askham Bryan College's Headley Hall Farm (former University of Leeds) to the west. On the bypass there is a junction for the A162 (for Towton) near Stutton.

View over the Vale of York

It crosses the River Wharfe south of the breweries of Samuel Smith and John Smith. Near to the right is Oxton Hall, home of Humphrey Smith. At Oxton the road rejoins the former route. On the eastbound side is the Total Bilbrough Filling Station, with the York East Little Chef and Travelodge at the point where the Roman road (and Ebor Way) join from the west, briefly following the road. In February 2004, work began on a new £11 million flyover at the Colton Lane/Bilbrough Top junction, allowing for the closing of the central reserve. The central reserve had long been an accident blackspot, and residents of the local villages had campaigned for its closure. The flyover was opened on 9 June 2005 by Dr Stephen Ladyman.[1] The BP Bilbrough Top Service Station on the west-bound side was built as well, with a McDonald's. At the turn-off for Askham Richard, the road enters the City of York next to the Buckles Inn. On the left is Askham Bryan College (agricultural), then Copmanthorpe is on the right, followed by Bishopthorpe (where the Archbishop of York lives). There is a junction for York's northern bypass (A1237), which was built in the late 1980s, and on the left is Pike Hills golf club and Askham Bogs nature reserve where the road is followed by NCN 66. The East Coast Main Line (Selby diversion) passes under the A1036 junction for York to the left. To the east of the junction, the former ECML (through Selby, now NCN 65) is crossed, south of York College. The road then crosses the River Ouse. The nine-mile £12 million dual carriageway York Bypass opened in April 1976. It passes under the B1222 and meets the A19 at the Fulford Interchange, near the headquarters of Persimmon plc, and is crossed by the Minster Way, then the Wilberforce Way.

York-Scarborough[edit]

Seamer Bypass

It passes close to the University of York, near the busy A1079 Hull road/A166 junction in Dunnington. The University is now much closer to the bypass due to its new Heslington East campus, and the Grimston Bar Park and Ride is accessed from the same junction. At Murton it crosses the Derwent Valley Light Railway. The York bypass terminates at the Hopgrove Roundabout (named after the nearby Hopgrove pub) in Stockton-on-the-Forest with the A1036 (former route) and A1237 near Forest Park golf club. This roundabout has lengthy queues at peak time, and is scheduled to eventually become a grade separated junction. Going east in the direction of Scarborough, it passes the Highwayman cafe on the left, and the Vertigrow Garden Centre, close to where the former York to Beverley Line crossed. Next is the Four Alls Inn at Stockton-on-the-Forest, followed by The Tanglewood. At the turn-off for Sand Hutton is an agricultural research laboratory (Food and Environment Research Agency), where the road enters the district of Ryedale and re-enters North Yorkshire. It passes Claxton Hall and a right turn for Claxton, and left turn for Flaxton.

Park and Ride junction at Scarborough

At Harton there is the Malton Little Chef on the left, opposite the Gulf Coastways Service Station at Flaxton, just after a turn-off to the right for Harton. There is a dual carriageway section near Barton-le-Willows which includes Barton Hill, a steep section just before Whitwell-on-the-Hill, crossing the York to Scarborough Line. From here to Malton, the road follows the River Derwent (former boundary between the North and East ridings). It passes through Crambeck, where it is crossed by the Centenary Way and there is a right turn for High Hutton at Huttons Ambo. The road and avenue towards Castle Howard, including the arboretum, are here on the left. The five-mile £8.2 million dual carriageway Malton Bypass opened in December 1978. The former route is the B1257 and B1248. There is an intersection with the A169 (for Pickering, Whitby and the North York Moors) near Eden Camp Museum. The bypass crosses the River Derwent and the railway. It meets the former route at Scagglethorpe. Before Scagglethorpe village, the road has been improved to the north to reduce curvature. The single carriageway sections of this road are dangerous, and local people hope for a new dual carriageway. There are plans for a bypass of Rillington. In Rillington it passes The Fleece and the Coach and Horses. There is a left turn for Scampston. At West Knapton there is a left turn for the B1258. It passes through West Heslerton and East Heslerton, then passes the Snooty Fox. In Sherburn it passes the East Riding. Sherburn was formerly in the (historic) East Riding, being south of the Derwent. East of the village is the large Atlas Ward Structures factory.

At Ganton it passes the Greyhound. To the south, the road follows the northern edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. At Willerby, it meets the B1249 from the south. At neighbouring Staxton it meets the A1039 for Filey. On top of the hill to the south is RAF Staxton Wold, a radar station. A three-mile Staxton Diversion has been planned. The road passes the Hare and Hounds and the Shell Staxton and a mile northwards from the A1039 roundabout, it follows the district boundary with Scarborough, across the River Hertford. The two-mile £7 million single carriageway Seamer and Crossgates Bypass opened in February 1988. It leaves the former route (B1261) at a roundabout, following the railway to Scarborough. It crosses the Yorkshire Coast Line to Filey, next to Seamer Junction where both lines meet for Scarborough, and passes Seamer railway station. There is a roundabout for Eastfield and the B1261. There is the TOTAL Musham Bank Service Station on the left. Near Oliver's Mount, there is a right turn for the B1427. The route travels through the Edgehill and Falsgrave areas of the town, passing the derelict McCain Stadium and Seamer Road Retail Park. The A64 ends at the junction with the A165, outside Scarborough railway station and the Stephen Joseph Theatre

Junctions[edit]

A64(M) Motorway
Eastbound exits Junction Westbound exits
(M621) Road continues as A64 to Selby, York & Scarborough
St James's Hospital A61 Eastgate, Bus station A61
Road continues as A58(M) around Leeds
A64 Road
Westbound exits Junction Eastbound exits
Road continues as A64(M)
B6159 B6159
(M1) A63 (M1) A63
Leeds Ring Road A6120 Leeds Ring Road A6120
A1(M) A1(M)
Tadcaster, Islington A659 Tadcaster, Islington A659
Driffield A166 Beverley A1079 Beverley A1079 Driffield A166
York A1036 Selby (A19), York A1237
Selby (A19), York A1237 York A1036
Malton B1248
Malton, Pickering A169 Malton, Pickering A169
Norton-on-Derwent, B1248 Norton-on-Derwent B1248
Snainton B1258 Snainton B1258
Filey, Muston A1039 Filey, Muston A1039
Crossgates B1261 (A170) Crossgates B1261 (A170)
Road continues as A171 to Scarborough

A64(M)[edit]

Main article: Leeds Inner Ring Road
Passing Leeds General Infirmary

A64(M) motorway shield

A64(M) motorway
Route information
Length: 0.7 mi (1.1 km)
Existed: 1969 – present
Major junctions
From: Quarry Hill, Leeds
  UK-Motorway-A58 (M).svg
To: Brunswick
Location
Primary
destinations
:
Leeds
Road network

The A64(M), together with the A58(M), form a ring road around city centre of Leeds. It was built as an extension from the existing ring road, to relieve Leeds from severe traffic congestion. The motorway section of the ring road forms a semicircle around the north of the city centre. It is classified as a motorway to prohibit certain types of traffic and pedestrians but is not designed to modern motorway standards: it has no hard shoulders and many exits are unsuitable for a true motorway, including a right-side (fast lane) slip road exit. Most of it runs in a concrete-walled cutting, but it goes into a tunnel under the Leeds General Infirmary. The motorway cuts through inner-city neighbourhoods such as Woodhouse, Sheepscar, and Buslingthorpe, forming an important link in the road network by allowing traffic from the A65, A660, A58, A61 and A64 to bypass the city centre completely.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "A64 Colton Lane Grade Separated Junction". Highways Agency. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 

Coordinates: 54°02′02″N 0°57′30″W / 54.0339°N 0.9584°W / 54.0339; -0.9584