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Final phase of A1(M) junction improvements to begin

The finishing touches are to be made on a much-anticipated project to improve Junction 47 on the A1(M) in the coming weeks; with the completion date set for the end of March.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said:

The finish line is in sight for this important scheme which will support the future growth of the Harrogate and Knaresborough areas,”

The scheme promises to reduce congestion and improve road safety at this major junction. It is a great example of how we are delivering on our aim to improve east-west connections across North Yorkshire.

The scheme has involved the widening of three of the four slip roads onto and off the roundabout to increase capacity, as well as a number of junction improvements.

Traffic signals have also been installed on the roundabout to improve traffic flow, and added to the T-junction between the A168 and the A59 a short distance from Junction 47 on the York side to benefit drivers turning onto the A59 and to improve safety.

To the west of Junction 47, between the A1 and the Flaxby roundabout, a lane has been added for traffic travelling east, so there will be two lanes in each direction between those two roundabouts.

Final repair works on the A168 bridge and verges along with resurfacing of the A59 will run from March 14 to 26 under overnight weekday closures.

Once the traffic signals are installed there will be a period where the signal timings are adjusted by engineers to the optimum settings for the traffic flow conditions. This may result in some extra delays during March and April.

Councillor Andy Paraskos, member for the Ainsty division, added:

The upcoming works will involve repairs, resurfacing as well as the installation of road markings and traffic loops. For the safety of our workforce this must be carried out under a full road closure and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience this essential work may cause.

As the end of the scheme approaches we can now look forward to the long-term benefits for residents, commuters and visitors alike.

The project has been supported by £2.47m from the government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, along with contributions from the County Council, National Highways and developer Forward Investment LLP.


  1. Are there any plans to provide street lighting on the roundabout??. It is very dark! Can’t believe it will remain like that after spending so much on “improving” it.

  2. Having used this junction daily for the last two years, I agree how dark it is. Every day I wonder when the lights will be installed. During the winter months it’s been quite dangerous.

  3. I must use this round about every night at 22:30 as I work at ilke homes next to it
    I must say what a ridiculous pain it is
    Every night they close the exits we need every night we are queing
    GPS sat nav don’t have information as not updated with what they are doing
    We are now in the middle of April and we was only notified of 10 days of closure not more than a month

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