£2 Million of Government Cash to Flood Proof A19 in York
3:39pm 27th September 2013
The Department of Transport will pay around £2 million to flood prevention works, new traffic lights and improved junctions on the A19 in York, after the city council put in a successful bid.
The rest of the £4.7 million for the project will come from York Council's transport budget and from Persimmon Homes as part of their initial planning agreement to build 700 new homes at Germany Beck.
The A19 was closed three times last year because of flooding compared to a total of five days over the previous four years.
There will be a new left turn lane from the A19 into the Designer Outlet Park&Ride; bus lanes on the A19 between A64 and Germany Beck heading into York, and bus lanes at the Naburn Lane junction and an improved junction at the proposed Germany Beck development.
There will be a new junction into the Germany Beck and the road will now be raised to be above flood levels.
Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability said: “This is fantastic news for York. The A19 is a key arterial route into the city centre and we’ve seen it close three times in the last year, which causes major disruption and impacts negatively on businesses and public transport. By carrying out these flood and surface water drainage improvements on this section it will support the Germany Beck development and potential growth in the area to future proof York’s fast growing communities."
“In addition to supporting one of the largest housing developments in York, funding will also improve access to Designer Outlet Park&Ride and bus journey times into York city centre. This should make the Park&Ride and Selby buses more attractive and help us to get more people out of their cars, relieving congestion and improving air quality in the Fulford Rd/Fishergate corridor which is a pollution hot spot.”
The proposed scheme details will be put to the public and work should start towards the end of 2014.
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