A174 Parkway in the snow

The A174 is a major road in North Yorkshire, England. It runs from the A19 road at Thornaby-on-Tees, across South Teesside and down the Yorkshire Coast to Whitby. The A174 is the coastal route between Teesside and Whitby; the alternative road, the A171, is described as being the moorland route.[1]

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Route information
Length32.9 mi (52.9 km)
Major junctions
West endThornaby-on-Tees
54°31′42″N 1°17′56″W / 54.5282°N 1.2989°W / 54.5282; -1.2989 (A174 road (western end))
East endWhitby
54°28′51″N 0°37′15″W / 54.4807°N 0.6209°W / 54.4807; -0.6209 (A174 road (eastern end))
Middlesbrough, Redcar, Whitby
Road network

Settlements on the routeEdit

Route descriptionEdit

The route starts at Thornaby Road with a junction on the A1044 road going eastwards towards the A19 road. This section was single carriageway, but it was upgraded as port of the long-term plans for the area.[3][4] After the junction with the A19, the route cuts across South Teesside taking an east/west cut past Normanby, Ormesby and Eston to a junction with the A1053 road to Grangetown. It is here that it loses its Trunk Road status (this carries on up the A1053),[5] but the dual carriageway A174 continues east towards Yearby before becoming a single carriageway. The route of A1053 and A174, is the preferred route inwards and outwards to and from the A19 for traffic going to and from Teesport.[6][7]

The road turns south at New Markse before going in a generally south easterly direction towards Whitby. The road at Sandsend was strengthened in 2015 on account of the effect of the sea upon its base. Over £7 million was spent on the road to prevent future erosion issues.[8] The section from Hinderwell through Sandsend along the coast to Whitby is a recommended drive by The Telegraph, who state the road "sweeps down to Whitby".[9]


In February 2001, a 3.5 miles (5.6 km) diversion was opened between Skelton-in-Cleveland and Brotton. The new road cost £14.5 million and work had begun in January 1996 and involved building on a 3,000 year old Iron Age fort.[10][11] At the same time, the old A174 route through Saltburn-by-the-Sea, was downgraded form 'A' road status and money was spent on traffic calming measures.[12]

Proposals have been put forward to widen the road between Yearby and New Marske to dual carriageway status. The dual carriageway ends near Yearby and drivers have been caught speeding along the single carriageway stretch.[13]


The trunk section of road between Thornaby and Lazenby is noted by the Highway Agency as being in the middle zone for casualties and accidents, with the short spur up to Grangetown (the A1053 road) beiing in the top zone for casualties and accidents.[14] The roundabout between the A1053 and the A174 is also noted for being an accident blackspot.[15]


  1. ^ "Whitby Traffic Management Study Final Report" (PDF). northyorks.gov.uk. October 2003. p. 34. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  2. ^ Big Road Atlas Britain 2019 (Map). 1:200,000. Cartography by Collins Bartholomew. Collins. 2018. pp. 62–63. ISBN 978-0-00-827268-5.
  3. ^ Garland & Gaunt 2014, p. 53.
  4. ^ Blackburn, Mike (15 August 2015). "A174 Parkway works set to end this week". infoweb.newsbank.com. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  5. ^ "List of All-Purpose Trunk Roads in England for which responsibility for clearing litter has been transferred to the Secretary of State by order under Section 86(11) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990" (PDF). assets.publishing.service.gov.uk. p. 2. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  6. ^ "House of Commons - Transport - Written Evidence". publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  7. ^ Garland & Gaunt 2014, p. 54.
  8. ^ "Balfour wins £7m coastal defence job near Whitby | Construction Enquirer". www.constructionenquirer.com. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  9. ^ Llewellin, Phil (16 January 2001). "Great drives: The B1257 from Helmsley and back through Whitby". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Bypass brings relief to village". infoweb.newsbank.com. 8 November 1999. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  11. ^ "£14.5m bypass 'a job half done'". The Northern Echo. 3 February 2001. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  12. ^ "£30, 000 traffic safety plan". infoweb.newsbank.com. 19 January 2001. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Road safety risk claimed". infoweb.newsbank.com. 26 May 2000. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  14. ^ Garland & Gaunt 2014, p. 29.
  15. ^ Brayshay, Chris (21 April 2000). "Drive to curb chaos at road blackspot". infoweb.newsbank.com.


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Coordinates: 54°33′56″N 0°54′56″W / 54.5656°N 0.9156°W / 54.5656; -0.9156 (A174 road)