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Hopes of New Rail Station for Haxby

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12:24pm 20th February 2013

Plans to build a new train station in Haxby could go ahead next month, providing access to the rail network for over 22,000 people living within a three mile radius of the station, and faster more efficient links for commuters to York, Leeds, Manchester and beyond.

City of York Council is set to bid for a share of £20m funding from Network Rail, as part of a countrywide competition to help towards the cost of building new stations.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “It has been our vision to build a new Railway Station at Haxby Railway Station for many years, so we are excited to announce that we are developing our business case which we hope will place York in the best position to be selected for this funding . This is a relatively limited pot of money, so there no guarantee’s that we will be successful on this when the results are announced next month, but this would make a big difference in travel terms for the large part of the city’s residents who live in the Haxby and Wigginton area.

The proposal consists of a station south of the existing level crossing on Station Road and a small car park with 90 spaces.

If the bid is successful, construction of the new station could start as soon as 2015 and will provide a TransPennine network service with trains to York, Scarborough, Leeds and Manchester.

This evening York Outer MP Julian Sturdy will be meeting with residents from Haxby and Wigginton to discuss with them their campaign for a train station in Haxby. David Wells from Rail Future will also be present at the meeting and will chair the discussion.

The meeting is part of an ongoing campaign to open a new Haxby Station, on the Scarborough Line, so that local residents have a fast, direct service into York and vehicle congestion in the area is reduced. The village has been without railway links since the 1930s, when the old Haxby Railway Station was closed.

At the meeting this evening, Mr Sturdy will be updating residents on his recent Transport Roundtable meetings. Mr Sturdy first set up the Roundtable, in which he has brought together local business leaders, stakeholders and community leaders, in order to create a strategy for improving York’s longstanding transport issues. One of the recommendations proposed by the Roundtable has been to improve rail links in the villages that surround York.

On his meeting this evening Mr Sturdy said:

“I am really looking forward to meeting with residents from Haxby and Wigginton to discuss their campaign to get a train station in the village. I passionately believe that residents from these villages and the surrounding area truly deserve better transport links with York city centre than they have at present. Local residents know very well the difficulties they face with congestion on Wigginton Road and the northern by-pass and understandably they’re fed up with the status quo. To make matters worse, First seem to be cutting bus services in the area and leaving residents with fewer and fewer public transport options.

“I welcome the City of York Council’s announcement that they will be bidding for government funding for a new station at Haxby. What’s more, I’m really pleased that the tireless efforts of the campaigners are beginning to pay off. I will be making representations to the government in support of the bid, to outline the hugely beneficial effect a new station could have on my constituents’ quality of life.”

The meeting is public and is taking place at Wigginton Recreation Hall between 7.30 and 9.30.

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