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Plans for major York transport scheme get go ahead

York city council

3:37pm 29th November 2011
(Updated 5:43pm 29th November 2011)

City of York Council's transport and business chiefs are celebrating today (29th November) after

The government today (29th November) announced 'accelerated approval' of funding for 20 major schemes, including York's Access York plans, as part of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement This will allow the council to complete the remaining legal and procurement processes for the schemes, after which a request for full and final approval can be made.

The council submitted its final bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) in September, seeking funding to replace the existing and over subscribed Askham Bar Park & Ride site with a larger facility and to create a new site on the A59 near Poppleton.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for City Strategy, said:

"This is a significant step forward for the Access York project. The schemes will enable us to have a city-wide Park and Ride system that can be used by 7.1 million visitors each year and address another difficult roundabout  on the outer ring road. This will take a further 300,000 cars off York's roads, reduce congestion levels; facilitate the development of the British Sugar & York Central sites, and reduce York's carbon output by 1,500 tonnes per year.

"I'd like to thank all those who have worked on the bid for all their hard work and dedication in getting it to this stage."

The £22m project represents one of the largest single investments in the city's transport infrastructure since the northern ring road was built.

The step change in Park & Ride provision will help to deliver one of the council's key priorities to 'Get York Moving'. It will also free up space in the city centre to enable environmental improvements to be undertaken to support the city's economy.

Planning consent has already been granted for the proposed replacement Park & Ride site at Askham Bar (1100 spaces) and the new site at Poppleton Bar (600 spaces) on the A59.  The project also includes a major upgrade of the A59/A1237 Roundabout to reduce journeys times at the most congested location on the ring road, and bus priorities along Boroughbridge Road to encourage trips by public transport.

Work on the detailed design will now be re-started with consultation for the highway works planned for early 2012.

The construction of the sites is planned to start early in 2013 with the sites opening by summer 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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