Farrans announces A1(M) junction improvement project due to conclude this year


Farrans has announced that a roads infrastructure improvement project at A1(M) junction in England is heading towards completion this December.

Farrans is serving as the contractor and the scheme designer for the project, while Aecom is the supervisor.

Upon completion, the A1(M) project is expected to support the future growth of the Harrogate and Knaresborough areas.

As part of the £10m project at junction 47 (Allerton Park), three of the four slip roads are widened onto and off the roundabout in an effort to maximise capacity.

North Yorkshire County Council is delivering the project part-funded by National Highways, which was earlier known as Highways England.

National Highways Yorkshire and North East Divisional director Simon Boyle said: “This scheme will unlock future growth to Harrogate and Knaresborough by enabling better movement of people and goods as well as improving traffic flow and safety for local road users. We look forward to its completion.”

In addition to widening the slip roads, the project will involve installation of traffic signals on the roundabout to improve traffic flow.

Additionally, signals will be added to the T-junction between the A168 and the A59 a short distance from junction 47 on the York side to help drivers turning on to the A59.

A lane will be added to the west of Junction 47, between the A1 and the Flaxby roundabout, for traffic travelling east.

Between those two roundabouts, there will be two lanes in each direction.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones said: “This upgrade will strengthen transport connections and enhance resilience, adding an important piece to the jigsaw that will guide sustainable growth in Harrogate and Knaresborough in the coming years.”

The government’s Local Growth Fund is supporting the project with £2.47m, secured by the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The County Council, National Highways and developer Forward Investment also contributed to the project.


Andrew Jones MP with representatives of the project team including North Yorkshire County Council, National Highways and Farrans Construction. Credit: Farrans.

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