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Transport projects on track to link up Northern cities


5:14pm 6th December 2011

The Department of Transport (DfT) has now officially confirmed to City of York Council that government plans, as part of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, to electrify the Transpennine Express Route from Manchester to York via Leeds have been given the go ahead.

Upgrading transpennine railway links between Manchester, Leeds and York have been given the green light by the government and the push for electrification of the York-Harrogate-Leeds railway line is being backed by partners across the region.

Leaders across the region are working together to produce a viable businesses case to support proposals to take forward the upgrade of the Harrogate railway line.

Partners across the region including City of York Council, Harrogate Council, Metro and the Harrogate Chamber of Commerce are discussing electrification proposals for the line.

Electric trains will provide faster links to York while offering growing passenger numbers quality alternatives to the car.

The government also announced 'accelerated approval' of funding for 20 major schemes, including York's Access York plans, as part of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.

Plans for the city's proposals to replace Askham Bar Park & Ride site with a larger facility and to create a new site on the A59 near Poppleton took a step forward.

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

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

"This has been a significant month for York. We've taken a huge step forward to making two of these transport schemes a reality and getting the third scheme eon the map, which will bring greater benefits to the city and the wider north of England.

"The Access York scheme 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."

Details of the schemes are available on the council's website at

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