York secures £2m for A19 flood prevention work
City of York Council has bid for and successfully secured millions in funding towards improving one of York’s key arterial routes.
The funding will pave the way for much needed flood prevention works, new signalisation and improved access at key junctions.
The council bid for a share of the £170 million government Pinch Point Funding earlier this year to protect the A19 from any future closure, following a series of flood incidents in 2012 which resulted in the main road closing on three separate occasions.
York will receive approximately £2million from the Department for Transport towards the cost of the £4.7m project. The remaining funding will be provided from the private sector and existing council transport budgets.
Key elements of the proposals are:
- to introduce a new left turn free-flow lane from the northbound A19 into the Designer Outlet Park & Ride;
- inbound bus priority on the A19 between the A64 and Germany Beck;
- bus priority at the Naburn Lane junction;
- an enhanced junction at the entrance to the proposed Germany Beck development.
The scheme will complement and enhance the improvements planned as part of the Germany Beck development, which will create new access to the site and raise the height of the road above past flood levels.