Councillors approve funding for outer ring road upgrade
The council’s Executive approved match funding for the dualling of the York outer ring road from the A19 Shipton Road through to Hopgrove (Malton Road), when they met yesterday.
Executive approved a report that asked them to recommend to Full Council that £2.8m match funding, approximately 10 percent of the estimated £28m cost of the dualling element of the overall upgrade scheme, is provided in the Council’s Capital Programme.
The opportunity for funding of the scheme using the new Major Road Network Fund was announced by the Secretary for State in September.
This follows on from the outer ring road roundabout upgrade scheme which will see seven roundabouts upgraded ready for dualling as part of a West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund scheme.
Work is nearly complete at Wetherby Road roundabout after starting earlier this year and work is due to commence on the Monks Cross roundabout in early 2019. Subject to the confirmation of funding from the Department for Transport it is proposed to join the dualling and roundabout schemes together as early as possible to reduce overall costs and disruption.
Cllr Peter Dew, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “We’re now another key step closer to dualling this important part of the A1237. We’re already on site improving seven roundabouts, meaning that now is the perfect time to seize this opportunity to dual sections of this widely used road.
“We have also today contacted the Secretary of State to request that funding announced for the dualling earlier this year is made available at the earliest available opportunity. This will allow us to integrate both the roundabout upgrade and dualling schemes, meaning their will be less disruption for motorists and a lower overall delivery cost."
Cllr Keith Aspden, Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said: “I am pleased that the Executive has approved match funding for dualling this section of the York Outer ring road.
“With Executive approval, we are now a step closer delivering on this upgrade and improving journey times on one of our most well used roads. As part of our wider transport strategy, we will also continue to identify opportunities to support cycling, walking and sustainable transport, as we must continue to work towards our goals of improving public transport and air quality in the city.”
Ahead of the meeting, Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said: “The Combined Authority allocated £295,000 from our West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund for the development of this work as a ‘transformational project’. Upgrading this stretch of York’s Outer Ring Road to reduce congestion really will transform journeys on this strategic east-west route.”
The York Outer Ring Road improvements programme is being funded through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of Government investment through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
For more information about the York outer ring road roundabout upgrades visit www.york.gov.uk/yorr