York & North Yorkshire

New £35m Bedale bypass opens two months ahead of schedule

The road crosses the A1(M)
Image caption The three-mile road crosses the A1, where there is a new junction

A £35m bypass which aims to cut congestion in North Yorkshire has opened two months ahead of schedule.

The three-mile (5k) road is designed to reduce traffic flow through Bedale, Leeming Bar and Aiskew.

The road is a single carriageway between the A684 north of Bedale and east of Leeming Bar, crossing the A1(M) where there is a new junction.

Work had been due to be completed in the autumn.

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About 14,000 vehicles a day use the existing road causing considerable congestion, said North Yorkshire County Council.

A Roman villa uncovered during the scheme has been designated as an ancient monument.

Image copyright North Yorkshire County Council
Image caption The Department of Transport approved the scheme in 2014

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