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£2m footbridge upgrade bid success

Plans to upgrade the footbridge on Scarborough Bridge have been given the green light, following today’s announcement that funding has been approved.

The council has successfully secured £2.037million through a West Yorkshire Combined Authority bid to the Department of Transport for a Cycle City Ambition Grant.

The upgrade will provide a wider bridge and improved access for the over 500 cyclists who use the crossing daily as well as pedestrians, those with pushchairs, and for the first time wheelchair users. The plans will also see improved/wider links between the riverside paths and the river crossing, providing a more direct connection to the station from the off road cycle network.

Cllr Levene, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Economic Development said: “We’re delighted with this announcement. York already has a good track record in encouraging residents to cycle. But as a key gateway to the rail station we want to consider how we could make improvements to this footbridge.

“This would be designed to compliment the recent upgrade of the Scarborough railway bridge by Network Rail. We are working closely with Network Rail and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) to deliver an overall vision to further increase the number of people cycling in York.”

The funding from the Cycle City Ambition Grant, combined with £1 million contribution from the council (agreed in February’s Cabinet) and support from Network Rail, will enable the delivery of this key piece of infrastructure. Detailed feasibility work will commence shortly with an anticipated opening of the new bridge in 2017.

WYCA, in partnership with York and the five West Yorkshire district councils, submitted the funding application to the DfT, which will now result in a boost of up to £30.2 million for cycle schemes in the Leeds City Region, with £22.1m coming from central government.

The scheme will be part of a wider programme of new and rolling capital investments worth over £40m, which support the council’s work towards achieving its priorities between 2015/16 to 2019/20.

To find out more about the council’s Capital investment visit http://democracy.york.gov.uk.