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Investment into York's Park and Ride


7:11am 9th January 2013

An extra 750-thousand pounds is being put into a 22-million pound project for new park and rides in York.

They would be built at Askham Bar and on the A59 near Poppleton say City of York Council who add that there would also be an upgrade to the roundabout by Poppleton garden centre.

The Department for Transport will decide whether to approve the scheme in March, say the council, adding that if it goes ahead it would be ready next year.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “Access York is critical for the future economic prosperity and environmental wellbeing of the city.

“The £22.7m overall project represents one of the largest single investments in the city’s transport infrastructure since the northern ring road was built. It’s anticipated that approximately 70 per cent of the overall project costs will be provided by the DfT so this is a crucial stage for the scheme.”

This next step builds on the success of the council’s bid to gain DfT funding for the scheme in 2011, which would mean up to £3 pounds of investment into the city for every £1 of council funding allocated to the scheme, say City of York.

Richard Wood, assistant director at City of York Council, said: “The construction of new Park & Ride sites is critical to supporting economic growth and improving York’s environment. The new Askham Bar site is located on a former landfill tip site so initial investigations on the ground conditions were undertaken as part of the project design and reflected in the cost estimates.

"The contractors have now allocated a higher risk allowance for dealing with the uncertainty of the ground conditions. This also reflects conditions included in the contract by the council to reduce its liabilities. Whilst we are now seeking to increase the contingency allowance for this major project we will be continuously looking to reduce costs by reviewing other works on the project and by working with the main contractor during the delivery stages.”

Subject to full approval being received from the DfT main construction works can then commence immediately from March 2013, with estimated completion for April 2014.

Details of the scheme are available on the council’s website at http://www.york.gov.uk/transport/Parking/Park_and_Ride/new/2011-09-09/

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