£1.4m highways scheme planned for one of city’s busiest routes

Councillor Andy D'Agorne
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City of York Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority have outlined a new scheme to improve walking, cycling and bus travel on one of York’s busiest routes.

The £1.4m improvements, which are set to be made along Tadcaster Road from the Askham Bar Park & Ride to Blossom Street next year, will be delivered by the council in partnership with the combined authority.

This forms part of a much wider roadworks scheme, which will help people travel more sustainably by providing more attractive, safer and convenient routes.

People are now being asked for their views on the walking, cycling and bus travel initiative, which is intended to help:

  • make improvements to support and encourage people to walk, cycle and use the bus
  • make travelling by bus more convenient and reliable
  • create safer and more attractive cycling and walking routes

In time, this should also reduce congestion and improve air quality.

Councillor Andy D’Agorne, executive member for transport, at City of York Council, said: “We’re delighted to launch this consultation to seek views on introducing additional walking, cycling and bus improvements on one of York’s busiest routes.

“Thousands of residents, students and visitors use this route every day and it’s great news that in addition to the £5m to upgrade Tadcaster Road, to reduce localised flooding, we’re now in a position to work with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to look at additional improvements to provide more attractive, safer and convenient routes.

“It’s a great opportunity to be able to combine the two schemes, so the level of disruption for residents, businesses and visitors is reduced as much as possible as the city reopens after lockdown.”

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee and leader of Bradford Council, added: “We are pleased to be working with City of York Council on this scheme, which will make it easier for people to move around the city.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to have their say on these proposals during the public consultation.”