Work on two new park and ride sites and an upgrade to a junction on the York outer ring road can start after the proposals received final approval from Local Transport Minister Norman Baker today (28 March, 2013).
The scheme, which is designed to support economic growth in the city and cut carbon, will deliver the construction of a new 600 space park and ride site on the A59 at Poppleton Bar and a replacement 1,100 space park and ride site close to the current Askham Bar site. It will also include the upgrading of the A59/A1237 roundabout on the outer ring road and bus priority measures on routes into the city centre.
Norman Baker said:
This scheme will help York’s economy continue to grow by ensuring that movement around the city is as efficient and sustainable as possible.
The £15.3 million we are putting into this project shows that the coalition government is serious about both investing in the infrastructure the country needs to drive economic growth and supporting measures to ease congestion and cut carbon.
The access York phase 1 scheme was one of the schemes given funding approval in 2011 as part of the spending review process. Work can now start on the main elements of the scheme with services scheduled to start operating from the new sites from April 2014.
Notes to editors
Today’s announcement grants full (final) approval to the access York phase 1 scheme, promoted by the City of York Council, enabling the main work to begin.
The first services from the new park and ride sites are scheduled to start in April 2014.
The department will provide a maximum of £15.317 million towards the full scheme cost of £22.667 million.
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