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Calls For Update On York's Ring Road


9:07am 10th July 2013

It's being asked how much longer drivers will have to wait for York's Outer Ring Road to be dualled.

Labour politicians want York Outer MP Julian Sturdy, who works for the Transport Minister, to say how close we are to a two lane ring road.

The Conservatives want all efforts focused on one big bid to get the 212-million pounds needed.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Transport and Sustainability, Coun. Dave Merrett said:

"As long ago as September 2006 a Conservative Shadow Transport Minister said 'dualling is essential' and in September 2007 Julian Sturdy said the matter was 'urgent'.

“Now, six years after the Future York Report recommended dualling, and three years after Mr Sturdy became an MP, later becoming Parliamentary Private Secretary to a Transport Minister, Labour is asking Mr Sturdy for a progress report.

"It is widely acknowledged that upgrading York's outer ring road is essential but will not happen without financial support from Government and the York Outer MP is in a position to influence this. The full cost of Mr Sturdy’s dualling pledge is larger than the annual operational budget of the council”.

Labour councillor for Skelton, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without, Coun. Neil McIlveen, who will second the motion, said:

"I agree with comments made in October 2007 by the York Conservative Group Leader that none of the 'visionary' developments being touted for York will happen without adequate transport infrastructure.  Doing nothing is not an option. Julian Sturdy also says transport infrastructure needs investment if the draft Local Plan is agreed in its present form. He is in a position to do something about this and we look forward to him updating the council on any progress made towards this objective”.

The motion will be debated on 18th July at the Guildhall, from 6.30pm.

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