Green light for York’s new pedestrian and cycle bridge

A wider shared-use pedestrian and cycle bridge, connecting York's station and city centre has been given planning permission.

As a result of the upgrade, Scarborough Bridge will be nearly three times its current width and ramps at either end will mean cyclists, wheelchair users and people pushing prams will be able to use it with ease. New steps connecting the ends of the bridge with the riverside paths are also being built.

Due to be completed by March 2019, the £4.5m updgrade is being funded by York City Council, the Combined Authority’s CityConnect Programe and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Cllr Keith Wakefield, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee Chair, said: “The new wider bridge will provide much-needed access improvements between the train station and city centre, benefitting residents, commuters and tourists travelling by bike or on foot and, importantly, people with mobility issues.

“Through our CityConnect programme, the Combined Authority is working in partnership with other organisations to attract investment and ensure everyone in our region benefits from a modern, accessible transport network and a strong, successful economy.”

Councillor Ian Gillies, executive member for transport, said: “Anyone who has used the bridge knows it is too narrow, and the access is exceptionally poor.

“So this is great news for the 3200 pedestrians and cyclists that currently use it every day, and even better news for all the people who simply haven’t been able to use it.

“This is another major step towards providing a traffic-free journey from the station to museum gardens and the city beyond as well as increasing sustainable transport access into the York Central site."

Overwhelmingly positive 

York Council’s Executive approved the replacement of the footbridge in August after an overwhelmingly positive response to a public consultation last year.

Funded by the DfT’s Cycle City Ambition Grant (CCAG), the Combined Authority is investing £16.5 million in high quality routes across West Yorkshire and York in the coming year. Its CityConnect programme is at a significant stage in delivering the high quality cycling infrastructure at the heart of the programme.  Construction is about to start on several projects including across four of the canal towpaths within West Yorkshire, and the first phase of the new Castleford-Wakefield Greenway about to be opened. The next phases in the delivery of the off-highway route linking Castleford to Methley are being developed in partnership with Wakefield Council and Sustrans.

Over the coming year, the CityConnect teams will be providing 3,000 cycle training places and targeting 150 businesses through the Cycling and Walking to Work scheme funding, aimed at employers, commuters, job-seekers and apprentices.

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09 Mar 2018

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