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Councillors asked to approve funding for York outer ring road dualling

City of York Council

Thursday 13th December 2018

Driving

Councillors will be asked to approve match funding for the dualling of the York outer ring road from Shipton Road through to Malton Road when they meet at Executive on Thursday 20th December.

The report asks the Executive to recommend to Full Council that £2.8m match funding, approximately 10% 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 earlier this year.

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. Monks Cross is the next in line with ground clearance works set to take place early in 2019. It is proposed to join the dualling and roundabout schemes together as early as possible to reduce overall costs and disruption.

Cllr Peter Dew, Exective Member for Transport and Planning, said: “It has long been a desire from residents, commuters and businesses for the A1237 to be dualled. I’m pleased that, following the announcement from the Secretary of State earlier this year, we will soon be in a position to decide on the match funding for this long overdue upgrade.

“We’re already on site improving seven roundabouts along the A1237 with larger entrances and exits, therefore I hope we will be able to integrate the two programmes as soon as possible.”

Cllr Keith Aspden, Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said: “Residents, businesses and commuters have long called for the outer ring road to be dualled and I am pleased that we are now in a position to take a major step in delivering this project.” 

“Once completed, a dualled A1237 will improve journey times on one of our most busiest roads, benefiting residents, visitors and business alike. As part of the project, we will also continue to identify opportunities to expand sustainable travel, as we must continue to work towards our goals of improving public transport and air quality.”

Subject to the decision on the match funding proposal at this Executive meeting a formal Outline Business Case (OBC) would be submitted to the DfT this month.  This is the first stage of the DfT’s approval process. Dependent on a positive assessment of the OBC and Ministerial approval it is anticipated that Programme Entry status would be granted for the scheme by March 2019.

Increasing the capacity of the ring road leading to the redistribution of trips will complement the city’s transport policies and help to enable more sustainable travel options to be delivered in the urban area of the city.

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
Executive takes place on Thursday 20th December from 5.30pm. The meeting is open to members of the public and available to watch live online at www.york.gov.uk/webcasts

To find out more about the report, or to attend, visit https://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=10475&Ver=4