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90 thousand pounds for safer school routes in York


10:07am 26th October 2011
(Updated 5:16pm 26th October 2011)

City of York Council has successfully been awarded £90,000 funding to help create safer routes to schools in York.

The council’s Sustainable Transport Service received confirmation from Sustrans – the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity - of their succssful bid in July.

Following the completion of consultation on the proposed scheme, works will start on and near Heslington Lane with a focus on improving access for pedestrians and cyclists at road crossings, junctions and side roads on the route to Fulford Secondary School and St Oswalds CE Primary.

The Sustrans grant covers a proportion of the overall schemes costs, with the council allocating the additional funding from the Transport Capital Programme 2011/12.

The scheme will improve safety on the routes to these schools by extending the existing off-road cycle path along the southern edge of Walmgate Stray as far as the crossing near the Holmefield Lane junction. This will take cyclists away from the 40mph section of Heslington Lane.

Works will also be carried out to link these off-road sections back to the schools at the western end and improve the safety of those wishing to cross Heslington Lane near its junction with Broadway.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for City Strategy at City of York Council, said:

“This scheme provides an important missing link in the local cycle network between Heslington and Fulford and the Millennium bridge and beyond. If we’re to tackle congestion problems in the city we need to develop complete alternative routes for safe cycling – and providing an off road link here on what is a rather narrow and relatively high speed bit of road is a big step forward.”

Staff and students at the University of York will also benefit from the improvements, as will employees at York Science Park.  This will also help improve access from both Fulford and Heslington villages.

Sustrans has been delivering safer walking and cycling routes through its Links to Schools programme since 2004, with funding from the Department for Transport. The Links to Schools programme is closely related to the Government's wider Travelling to School initiative

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