£1.5M in funding has been approved by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership for the City of York Council to put towards the project to replace and improve Scarborough Bridge in York.
The £1.5m of Growth Deal funding will be put towards the £4.87m project to create a new, shared user bridge over the River Ouse. The bridge will accommodate both cyclists, pedestrians and commuters between the city centre and York railway station, whilst improving ease of access.
David Dickson, Chair of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure Board said: ‘‘This is an important infrastructure project providing better and more sustainable transport connections through the city of York and to and from the new York Central site. The LEP are therefore pleased to support this project with its award of £1.5m Local Growth Funding’’.
Improvements will include replacing the current narrow (1.3m wide) bridge and its tight stairs on the flood prone river banks with a much wider (3.7m) bridge that incorporates ramped access along both sides, extending into the railway station and suburbs on either bank.
Scarborough Bridge is used by over 2,300 pedestrians and 600 cyclists daily, despite its restricted access. The new improved bridge will greatly improve access for pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair and pushchair users and improve the routes usability during times of higher water levels. The objective is to provide a traffic free, direct link for residents, commuters and tourists between the station, York Central site, suburbs and city centre. The bridge will also improve the connectivity of the National Cycle Network, as this point is currently where two routes converge.
City of York Council undertook a public consultation regarding the proposals for the bridge during the summer, and feedback is being considered and included in a report to the Executive Member for Transport and Planning for a decision on how to proceed.
The £1.5m of Growth Deal funding from the LEP would lever in £3.4million of other public funding.
Cllr Ian Gillies, City of York Council’s executive member for transport and planning, said:
“This funding will help to make this very important scheme a reality. Over 3000 people use this route every day, even though it is an awkward and inaccessible space.
“We will now be able open up a fantastic step-free and traffic-free journey from the station to museum gardens and the city beyond for everyone to enjoy.”
“Following positive responses during a public consultation, the council is now developing a bridge design ahead of a full planning application.”