congestion harrogate
Congestion Harrogate

Public to have their say on options around the Harrogate congestion problem


North Yorkshire County Council have taken a decision to move forward with a public consultation on options to alleviate the congestion problems in Harrogate.

The recommendation in the report to the North Yorkshire County Council Executive on Tuesday, 15 January 2019, was agreed unanimously, that is that the findings of the Options Assessment Report Addendum form the basis of public consultation into both packages B and E.

Package B – Demand management and behaviour change
Package E – Demand management and behaviour change, inner relief road

A report on the exact nature and timing of the consultation is being prepared for approval by the BES Director and BES Executive Members.

The consultation is expected to run from early March.


Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways said:

I welcome the unanimous approval of the NYCC Executive to launch a wide consultation of residents of Harrogate and Knaresborough on two packages of measures designed to reduce congestion in the two towns.

Traffic problems affect us all, and they are likely to get even worse as the rate of increase of house building in Harrogate accelerates.

It is, therefore, entirely appropriate that NYCC seek the views of residents on the options to reduce congestion.




  1. Dear sir/Madam I think instead of building houses on the outskirts of Harrogate,a Park and ride scheme set up on the edge of Harrogate is so greatly needed.

  2. Don’t think that the answer to the terrible congestion in and around Harrogate is more roads! The answer is more pedestrianisation, fewer parking places in town and a major switch to public transport, cycling and walking. Such moves will also be good for public health for residents in our communities.

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