A North Yorkshire MP's hopes of securing funding to improve a "notorious" stretch of road have suffered a setback after the scheme was left out of yesterday's Budget.
Ahead of the Budget, Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton, said he had "high hopes" that funding would be announced to turn part of the A64 between York's Hopgrove roundabout and Flaxton into a dual carriageway.
Mr Hollinrake said he'd hoped the road dualling would be completed by 2025, now he says he'll press for it to be completed by 2027/2028.
The MP says: "It's taxpayers' money, we've got to be careful with it, we're talking £250m to £300m on this road.
"So it's a lot of money and we've got to make sure that money is spent well."