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Celebrations as York’s new £4.4m Scarborough Bridge scheme is officially opened

Tuesday 1st October 2019

Walking, Cycling

A plaque has been unveiled on York’s Scarborough Bridge to mark its official opening, following the completion of a £4.4m scheme to boost access for people travelling by bike, on foot or using mobility aids between the train station and the city centre.

The new bridge has been delivered by City of York Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority through its CityConnect programme aimed at encouraging more people to cycle and walk, and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (YNYER EP).

At 3.7 metres, the new 65-metre-long bridge is three times as wide as the old footbridge, increasing access to more people, and the new ramps and steps mean it is accessible even when the River Ouse is in flood.

More than 4,000 trips have been made on the new bridge every day since it reopened to the public in April – an extra 1,000 extra journeys per day compared to the old footbridge. The £4.4m project has been funded by a £1.9m grant through the Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme, a £1.5m Local Growth Fund secured by YNYER and £1m of City of York Council funds.

Students from schools at either side of the bridge - Clifton Green Primary School and St Barnabas CE Primary School - helped to unveil the plaque.