York ring road bid needs Government backing

James Alexander

James Alexander

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YORK’S council leader has said a cross-party case for funding to improve the city’s Outer Ring Road needs to be taken to the heart of Government.

Coun James Alexander called a meeting of City of York Council’s rival political groups and local MPs Julian Sturdy and Hugh Bayley this month to discuss a united approach to securing the money needed to upgrade the route.

Dualling and grade-separated junctions would cost about £350 million but is considered the only long-term solution to its congestion problems.

In a letter to party leaders and the two MPs, Coun Alexander said that local and external funding could help but Government and private sector money was the only way of bridging the gap.

He said the case for Outer Ring Road funding should be made to Westminster by all parties “to demonstrate its key geographic economic benefit and need for national infrastructure investment”.

“If we can secure funding for the Outer Ring Road, there is massive mutual benefit for us all, and it was good to see we can work together to secure funding for a major upgrade, towards the aspiration of dualling,” he said.

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10:15am Mon 27 Jan 14

meme says...

Perhaps finishing the James st link road could be a priority and more immediate win
Perhaps finishing the James st link road could be a priority and more immediate win meme
  • Score: 6

11:58am Mon 27 Jan 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

No ones interested James, Chris Steward has got 10 comments on his article.

(LOL)
No ones interested James, Chris Steward has got 10 comments on his article. (LOL) YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: 10

12:05pm Mon 27 Jan 14

BL2 says...

Maybe a reduction in the councils pie fund would help? ;-)
Maybe a reduction in the councils pie fund would help? ;-) BL2
  • Score: 9

12:56pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Shouter says...

Is James Alexander moonlighting as a reporter for BBC Radio York?
Is James Alexander moonlighting as a reporter for BBC Radio York? Shouter
  • Score: 3

11:37pm Mon 27 Jan 14

strangebuttrue? says...

The council are causing the problems on the outer ring road by forcing everybody out there with you anti car policies. Not least of these the closure of Lendal Bridge which we know they tried to mask the effect of on the ring road by closing Clifton Bridge for a few weeks before they closed Landal Bridge. Some of us do realise that the current problems on the ring road are being caused by the Lendal Bridge closure.

Same old story though is it not? Cause a problem with traffic lights (Fulford Road Clifton Green etc.) then go to the government for money which is then use to cause more problems (Boroughbridge Road - narrowing and more lights, pinch point funding, which the council say in their submission is intended to create congestion just near the turn off for the P&R and all the way up to the outskirts of Fulford)
The council are causing the problems on the outer ring road by forcing everybody out there with you anti car policies. Not least of these the closure of Lendal Bridge which we know they tried to mask the effect of on the ring road by closing Clifton Bridge for a few weeks before they closed Landal Bridge. Some of us do realise that the current problems on the ring road are being caused by the Lendal Bridge closure. Same old story though is it not? Cause a problem with traffic lights (Fulford Road Clifton Green etc.) then go to the government for money which is then use to cause more problems (Boroughbridge Road - narrowing and more lights, pinch point funding, which the council say in their submission is intended to create congestion just near the turn off for the P&R and all the way up to the outskirts of Fulford) strangebuttrue?
  • Score: 3

3:09am Tue 28 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

The congestion on the A1237 has been there for YEARS... less than 5 years after the road first opened, it was technically 'at capacity', that was back in the 1980's! Get something done about it, and get it done bloody fast too!
The congestion on the A1237 has been there for YEARS... less than 5 years after the road first opened, it was technically 'at capacity', that was back in the 1980's! Get something done about it, and get it done bloody fast too! Magicman!
  • Score: 2

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