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York's Outer Ring Road To Be Dualled - But Cash Not Confirmed Yet

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4:11pm 12th September 2014

York's Outer Ring Road will be dualled but the cash to pay for it hasn't been confirmed yet.

The announcement was made at a press conference by York Council bosses this afternoon, which was part of the city's Local Plan, which charts how York will develop over the next fifteen years.

Cabinet Member Dave Merrett told journalists "We are close to securing funding for roundabout upgrades on the Ring Road." It's likely the funding will come from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority or the Leeds City Region which are regional bodies responsible for transport and the economy.

Minster FM's Kevin Larkin asked council leader James Alexander where the rest of the money needed, estimated to be between £150 and £350 million, would come from.

Council bosses said at a press conference this afternoon that they want improvements to transport to come before any new homes are built to help prevent traffic jams.

Other transport improvements proposed as part of the updated York Local Plan include:

  • A new train station at Haxby
  • York station to be made ready for HS2 trains
  • More Park and Ride sites and existing ones to be made bigger
  • Improvements to the Grimston Bar junction
  • Changes to junctions and roads to improve bus reliability and make journeys faster
  • Improve the ability for people to get around York city centre on foot and bike

But even with these improvements, an analysis by the city council suggests we will still see twice as many traffic jams in York by 2030.

The plans will be discussed by councillors in ten days time.

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