Rishi Sunak will divert millions of pounds from HS2 into York and North Yorkshire’s transport infrastructure in a move described as a “turning point” for Levelling Up.
More miles of the A1237 Northern Outer Ring Road will be dualled under £36bn Network North plans announced on Wednesday.
Phase Two of the project will see the section from Wetherby Road to the A19 upgraded.
The Prime Minister also announced investment in Phase One of the A1237 dualling project from Clifton Moor to the A64, reopening Haxby Station, improvements to bus services and road resurfacing.
Conservative candidate for York & North Yorkshire Mayor Keane Duncan said: “The North does not stop at Manchester, and neither should transport investment.
“For too long the focus has been on the big cities, with areas like ours overlooked and left to fall behind.
“Rishi is turning this around and changing the way we deliver transport infrastructure to ensure people across the entire North can benefit.
“HS2’s costs have soared and it’s suffered delay after delay - proving a distraction from the investment we really need in York & North Yorkshire.
“The decision to scrap it and divert millions of extra investment into more pressing improvements here represents a turning point for our region.”
MP for York Outer Julian Sturdy said: “We’ve become preoccupied with investing billions in a short rail link 75 miles away from York.
“And we’ve lost sight of the real infrastructure needs of the whole North, including the investment we so desperately require here such as dualling the Outer Ring Road.
“Labour’s priority is HS2 - a project that will have little benefit for us. My priority is the future prosperity of York and that’s what this extra investment will support.”