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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian seeks meeting with Shepherd Group after closure announcement for Portastor of Huntington

Julian seeks meeting with Shepherd Group after closure announcement for Portastor of Huntington

I have today contacted local business the Shepherd Group, Portastor’s parent company, to request a meeting on the planned closure of this firm, so I can receive a detailed update on what this means for Portastor employees, and see if there is anything I can do to assist them at this difficult time. Portastor currently

Julian raises York youth mental health services in Parliament

Yesterday, Julian spoke about the importance of keeping waiting times for York’s youth mental...

York Press column – Action on climate change

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Julian meets Minister for Children and Families to highlight Special Educational Needs pressures in York

Last week, Julian met with the Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi MP,...

Julian writes joint letter with four other Yorkshire MPs to urge Highways England to think again about A64 dualling assessment

June 26, 2019

Julian has appealed to Highways England to revisit its business case for a proposed dual carriageway between Hopgrove and Barton Hill and recommend that it is included in the next road investment period from 2020 to 2025.

In the letter, signed by Robert Goodwill, MP Scarborough & Whitby, Kevin Hollinrake, MP Thirsk and Malton, Nigel Adams, MP Selby & Ainsty and Sir Greg Knight MP East Yorkshire, Julian said: “It makes no logical sense that your initial business case concluded that further improvements to the Hopgrove roundabout resulted in better value for money than the dualling of the A64 carriageway between Hopgrove and Barton Hill.”

Despite welcoming the £135 million Hopgrove Roundabout flyover improvements, which were originally proposed by Highways England, Julian is clear that this alone will not solve the long tailbacks.

“Instead the delays that are observed on the approaches to the junction can be attributed to the blocking back from the merge from dual to single carriageway on the A64 approximately 500m north east of the Hopgrove junction.”

Julian also pointed out that these traffic problems which are already causing huge delays for local residents, businesses and hundreds of thousands of tourists are set to get worse.

The A64 Hopgrove Feasibility Study estimates that traffic will grow by up to 28% by 2035 and he argues that “it is unthinkable that this situation would gradually worsen over a period of 11 years until we saw any improvement.”

The dual carriageway (£120-£250m) which has the support of North Yorkshire County Council and local businesses will significantly reduce traffic issues and journey times and make a huge difference to the regional economy.