Work Begins on New Cycle Route for North of York
1:09pm 2nd October 2013
(Updated 1:10pm 2nd October 2013)
Work has begun on a major new cycle route in the north of York.
Works are underway to create a off-road path for cyclists and pedestrians along the A1237 outer ring road, between the Haxby Road roundabout and the B1363 Wigginton Road roundabout, connecting over 15,000 people living in the area.
The measures also include new links with Haxby Road near the roundabout, a new bridge over the York to Scarborough railway line with ramps on the existing embankments and an additional crossing point on Wigginton Road to safely connect with Clifton Moor.
It means Haxby, Strensall, Huntington, Earswick, New Earswick and Clifton Moor are all linked. It's also expected to help students attending Joseph Rowntree School.
It's been paid for from i-Travel budget, which gave the city council £4.6 million of government cash in 2011. The city council says this will be one of the largest investments in York’s cycling infrastructure since the introduction of the Orbital Cycle Route in 2011 and will cost £925,000 from the i-Travel and Local Transport Plan budgets.
Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said, “The Clifton Moor retail, leisure and employment areas attracts around 6million visitors every year and supports 6,000 employees, so it is key that we provide an alternative way to sustainably get to this important employment, retail and leisure area in York.
“In addition to the proposed cycle route, we have also addressed the lack of good pedestrian and cycle routes within the Clifton Moor retail / leisure area itself by investing almost £100,000 of government funding on new pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities, cycle lanes, and measures to slow traffic speeds, by introducing easier and safer access for pedestrians and cyclists.
“York is one of the top cycling cities in the UK, and is one of the reasons why it has been chosen to host the Tour de France Grand Depart. However, there are still many parts of York where we need to invest in our cycle routes, particularly in difficult and hard to access locations like Clifton Moor, and helping get cyclists off road should be safer all round too.”
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: "We support any initiative that encourages people to use bicycles safely and this is an important scheme which should help to reduce casualties on the city’s roads.
“The new cycle route will be of great benefit for the people living in Haxby and Wigginton and especially the students at Joseph Rowntree School.”
Jonathan Gibson, Senior Development Manager at the Jospeh Rowntree Foundation, said: “This investment will make York a better place to live and work and become more sustainable in transport terms. The DfT criteria is something we fully recognise and support in reducing carbon emissions and promoting local economic growth.”
The new route is set to be finished in late Spring 2014.
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