Improvement work to the existing A64 to alleviate persistent congestion and slow-moving traffic north-east of York. At present Highways England are working on options for this scheme which will then go to a public consultation.
The name of this scheme reflects its original purpose, which was to reconstruct Hopgrove Roundabout to resolve the problem of queueing traffic on the A64 York Bypass. This roundabout forms the terminus of the continuous dual carriageway A64 stretching back to the A1(M) and in the summer months queues will regularly form for several miles on the approach to it.
However, an initial investigation quickly revealed that the Hopgrove Roundabout, in its present form, is entirely adequate for the traffic using it even at peak times, and that delays are almost entirely caused by the reduction of the road from dual to single carriageway to the north east. As a result, the scope of this scheme has changed, and Highways England are now looking at options for providing dual two-lane carriageways from Hopgrove to the existing dual carriageway at Barton Hill. It's not yet clear whether that work will also include an improved junction at Hopgrove or whether the existing signalised roundabout will be retained.
The dualling was to be provided as part of the RIS 2 but it appears Highways England are getting cold feet about the project. They have downgraded the project to lower priority and York City Council have sent a letter 'pleading' with them to continue with the scheme.
With thanks to Andrew Reidpath for information on this page.