The Bedale bypass to which CEMEX supplied 22,000 tonnes of asphalt was opened ahead of schedule on 11 August by Roads Minister Andrew Jones. It eases congestion in the town centre and improves the travel for residents, businesses and visitors. The bypass is designed to reduce traffic flow through Bedale, Leeming Bar and Aiskew by half.
Currently about 14,000 vehicles a day use the existing road which causes considerable congestion. In addition to cutting traffic through the urban area by half the bypass will reduce environmental and road safety problems, improve access to the A1(M) for local communities and improve access to Leeming Bar Industrial Estate. Andrew Jones commented: “The much-needed bypass will improve the community’s lives by cutting traffic, improving air quality and road safety. The tourist industry will also benefit as journey times to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales will be reduced. The government is making a record investment in roads such as the Bedale bypass, speeding up people’s journeys and boosting the economy.”