There are a number of options for what is variously described as a bypass or relief road. At the moment the routes are only rough lines on a map. More detailed routes are due from North Yorkshire County Council later in the year. I shall try to interpret them. These options include do nothing or a northern bypass. Nidd Gorge Community Action (NGCA) are actively working to stop any development within the relief road corridor which runs from Four Lane Ends (The roundabout between A59 and B6161) west of Killinghall it then follows a choice of lines.
The Green Route which travels north of Knox village and south of Killinghall behind Peckett Way, Bilton and through the Northern Outfall Allottments and Willow Wood before turning in a south-easterly direction along The Nidderdale Greenway, across Bilton Lane where we assume there will be a large roundabout, continuing along The Greenway before bearing in a more easterly direction to skirt around Henshaws before crossing The Harrogate Knaresborough Road near Harrogate Golf Club, desecrating the Golf Club. It will then have to negotiate the Harrogate / York railway line and cross the Gallow Hill area to Forest Moor and Calcutt, where surely homes will have to be demolished, before finding it’s way through Thistle Hill to join the Southern bypass.
The Blue Route follows a similar journey north of Peckett Way, through The Northern Outfall Allotments and then via Bilton Fields, Bilton Beck Wood, which is a SINC (Site of Interest for Nature Conservation). It then follows a similar but more northerly route, to the Green Route, nearer Knaresborough to again cross the A59 somewhere close to Harrogate Golf Club and then it will then have to negotiate the Harrogate / York railway line and cross the Gallow Hill area to Forest Moor and Calcutt, where surely homes will have to be demolished, before finding it’s way through Thistle Hill to join the Southern bypass.