Reader enquiry about the A1079

Letter from Helen in York

"I realise that there is a big problem on th A1079, but when it is £5.10 return on the bus to york, the car is still the peferred choice of transport to many people. Why can't fares be lowered?

Also, like others I have spoken to who like to keep fit and healthy, and find the increasing costs of petrol and bus fares difficult to live with it would be nice to see proper cycle paths created, so we can travel to work safely on our bikes. After all, doesn't this country want a fitter, healthier nation?

The environment needs to be taken into consideration, you can make the road bigger but the problems will still be thare as traffic continues to increase, what happens in ten years time? bulid a motorway?"

Action-Access-A1079 response

The A1079 in its current state is no longer fit for purpose and the concept that it can remain as it is is flawed. The solution is not simple and may not only involve one mode of transport. The campaign's aim is to take up the challenge to find new, environmentally sustainable and innovative solutions that, if successful, can be rolled out as a model across the country. Road safety, economic access, habitat for indigenous wildlife and facilities for walkers and cyclists are all part of the current considerations.

Public transport is undoubtedly part of the solution, but this mode of travel is already heavily subsidised by taxpayers, and if prices continue to rise it will clearly put off potential users. It is also questionable whether public transport solutions are cost-effective and sustainable in areas of low population density such as much of the East Riding.  This is an issue that has been acknowledged in the Regional Transport Strategy.

Our research shows that one of the main causes of increasing traffic flows and accidents on the A1079 is the rapid increase in population along the A1079 corridor. It is government policy to make this one of the fastest growing areas in the country outside of London. Unfortunately investment in transport infrastructure in this area is amongst the lowest in the country. Since employment opportunities along the A1079 corridor are limited, new housing developments inevitably create more commuter traffic on routes to York, Leeds, and Hull. One of the aims of our campaign is to ensure that the public services make the necessary investment in the A1079 consistent with house-building programmes - in other words, to enforce sensible policies of sustainable development for the region.

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