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Work starts on new Park & Ride sites

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City of York Council has marked the official start of works at York’s new Park & Ride facilities with Balfour Beatty.

City of York Council has marked the official start of works at York’s new Park & Ride facilities with Balfour Beatty.

The £22.7 million Access York project will create a new Park & Ride site at Poppleton Bar and a larger facility to replace the current Askham Bar Park & Ride site.

Congestion levels along the routes into the city centre will be cut by increasing the parking capacity to 1,100 vehicles at Askham Bar and building a new 600-vehicle facility at Poppleton Bar. Junctions to the new sites will be provided off the A59 and A1036 and major improvements to the A59/A1237 roundabout will be delivered as part of the works, which will run for a total of 54 weeks from May 2013 through to May 2014.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: "Access York is critical for the future economic prosperity and environmental wellbeing of the city, so the award of the contract for the two new Park & Ride sites and the A59 ring road roundabout upgrade to Balfour Beatty is a pivotal moment for the city.

"The £22.7m overall project represents one of the largest single investments in the city’s transport infrastructure since the northern ring road was built and we look forward to working with Balfour Beatty during the delivery of this scheme."

Commenting on Balfour Beatty’s appointment as principal contractor Eddie Tribe, Managing Director for the North East business, said:

"We are delighted to have been appointed as principal contractor on this high profile scheme. We have a great deal of experience in working within both environmentally sensitive and congested urban areas, so we are looking forward to combining these areas of expertise on this project.

"Community engagement is also really important to us, so we will be working closely with our customer to ensure that members of the local community and the travelling public are kept well informed about forthcoming works."

Balfour Beatty has been appointed by City of York Council to deliver the first phase multi-million pound project, which received the green light from the Department for Transport in March.