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Haxby and Wigginton cycle link set to go ahead despite rise in cost
A NEW cycle and pedestrian link on the edge of York could be rubber-stamped next week in spite of the estimated cost of the scheme rising by £42,000.
The council wants the scheme to be an integral part of a wider “outer orbital route” for cycling and walking from Poppleton to the University of York, via the Clifton Moor and Monks Cross shopping centres. Coun Dave Merrett, the cabinet member for transport, will be asked to approve the work next week.
A report by transport officers Mike Durkin and Jon Pickles said the cost had increased to £967,000 because of the need to install concrete kerbs and measures preventing farm vehicles regularly using the link, as well as to make part of the route more robust.
It said the price could also rise if there are any problems with a bridge over the railway line between the two junctions.
The council secured a £4.6 million Government grant for sustainable transport schemes in 2011 and £700,000 is allocated to this scheme, seen as a flagship use of the funding.
Mr Durkin and Mr Pickles’ report said 131 of the 164 people who responded to a questionnaire on the plans supported the link.
Its original design had been altered to make it more resilient and to cut future maintenance costs, while it should only be rethought if the £967,000 cost was considered too high. The report said: “The proposed measures will be a significant addition to the city’s cycle network at a location where the number of walking and cycling journeys has the potential to increase significantly.
“The scheme is still considered to be good value in terms of the quality and robustness of the proposals, enhanced road safety, reduced maintenance costs and the likely high levels of use.”
The officers said some residents had asked for off-road cycling routes alongside Wigginton Road and Strensall Road, but these would be too long, too expensive and unlikely to be used enough.
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