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Monday, 8 August 2016

Hit the road ... new bypass set to cut congestion for popular market town

The picturesque market town of Bedale will see traffic cut by half when a new bypass is officially opened by roads minister Andrew Jones on Thursday (11 August).

Work got under way in February, last year, and has finished two months ahead of schedule.The bypass will reduce traffic flow through Aiskew, Bedale and Leeming Bar by half.

At the moment, about 14,000 vehicles a day use the existing road, causing congestion.

Highways chiefs say the bypass will also reduce environmental and road safety problems, improve access to the A1(M) for local communities and improve access to Leeming Bar industrial estate.

The three-mile stretch runs from Northallerton Road, on the eastern outskirts of Leeming Bar, to a new junction on the A684 near Bedale golf club. It crosses the A1(M) at its midpoint, where it connects with the junction created as part of the Highways Agency’s A1 Dishforth to Barton upgrade.

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