£10m bridge giving access to "teardrop" site could be built in 2016

Darren Richardson, director of city and environmental services

Darren Richardson, director of city and environmental services

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York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

A £10 MILLION bridge which holds the key to developing York's "teardrop" site could be built in 2016, city leaders have said.

Funding for an access route to the York Central site behind the city's railway station - which may eventually house more than 1,000 new homes as well as offices, shops, restaurants and a hotel - was agreed by City of York Council last December, and the authority has now laid out the timeline for the scheme.

Proposals for the construction process are expected to emerge shortly, with the search for a firm to carry out the scheme beginning next year. Designs would be drawn up in spring 2016 and building work would begin later that year.

The 26-hectare York Central site is seen as vital to York's economic future, but progress ground to a halt in 2009. The council has said developing the land will create more than 8,000 full-time jobs and 6,700 construction roles, which would boost York's coffers by £600 million a year.

The public funding for the bridge - which may not be a permanent structure but will allow construction traffic to enter the landlocked development site - has come from the council's Economic Infrastructure Fund. The authority entered into a land swap with Network Rail, which bought a council-owned site next to Holgate Park and sold land next to York Carriageworks to the council for the bridge and access routes from the A59. The first stages of the York Central project may include up to 400 homes.

Darren Richardson, the council's director of city and environmental services said York Central was the city's development "flagship" and has "huge potential" because of its location and transport links. He said it would help the housebuilding market, provide jobs and have a "knock-on impact in the wider prosperity of the city".

He said the council was working with Network Rail over financial and legal arrangements for finding bidders to design and build the bridge, saying: "We would hope to be in the process of the design work in spring 2016, which will include various technical stages, and actual construction would follow after those steps.

"It is the council's intention to set the detail and other aspects out in a Memorandum of Understanding, which we are currently developing with Network Rail, and we plan to have this in place by summer."

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10:25am Tue 15 Apr 14

roskoboskovic says...

ha ha,really?
ha ha,really? roskoboskovic
  • Score: 1

10:26am Tue 15 Apr 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

As long as the guy that designed the cycle path from Haxby to Clifton Moor isn't used, I'm behind the idea.
As long as the guy that designed the cycle path from Haxby to Clifton Moor isn't used, I'm behind the idea. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: -5

10:28am Tue 15 Apr 14

Knavesmire view says...

I'm not sure you can bestow the site's transport links when you need to build a £10m (possibly temporary) bridge to access it in the first place!!
I'm not sure you can bestow the site's transport links when you need to build a £10m (possibly temporary) bridge to access it in the first place!! Knavesmire view
  • Score: 0

10:30am Tue 15 Apr 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I thought Darren Richardson had resigned and is on his way to Orkney?
I thought Darren Richardson had resigned and is on his way to Orkney? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -19

10:31am Tue 15 Apr 14

long distance depressive says...

£10 million...write that down!
£10 million...write that down! long distance depressive
  • Score: -22

10:43am Tue 15 Apr 14

pedalling paul says...

Look forward to developer contribution to enhance the parallel Cinder Lane link for cyclists. Maybe lower the footbridge to make it flush at the Holgate end, and a spiral link and lift at the City end. The lift would of course be sufficiently big to accommodate a couple of bikes.............
Look forward to developer contribution to enhance the parallel Cinder Lane link for cyclists. Maybe lower the footbridge to make it flush at the Holgate end, and a spiral link and lift at the City end. The lift would of course be sufficiently big to accommodate a couple of bikes............. pedalling paul
  • Score: -7

10:46am Tue 15 Apr 14

nowthen says...

Darren Richardson, the council's director of city and environmental services said York Central was the city's development "flagship" ......errrr flagship ? going on current form that'll be the Titanic then.
Darren Richardson, the council's director of city and environmental services said York Central was the city's development "flagship" ......errrr flagship ? going on current form that'll be the Titanic then. nowthen
  • Score: 17

11:23am Tue 15 Apr 14

inthesticks says...

Damage limitation announcement number two.
Damage limitation announcement number two. inthesticks
  • Score: 19

11:48am Tue 15 Apr 14

pedalling paul says...

inthesticks wrote:
Damage limitation announcement number two.
Cynic.....!
[quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: Damage limitation announcement number two.[/p][/quote]Cynic.....! pedalling paul
  • Score: -21

12:37pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Bailed Out says...

In an ideal world the steel for the bridge would be sourced from melted down bike frames.
In an ideal world the steel for the bridge would be sourced from melted down bike frames. Bailed Out
  • Score: 23

12:47pm Tue 15 Apr 14

piaggio1 says...

Do this lot really know wben to pack it in ?????
We.ve had enough now.move along
Do this lot really know wben to pack it in ????? We.ve had enough now.move along piaggio1
  • Score: 10

1:04pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

They can't get a small road scheme right... i do not hold much home for a new bridge being delivered effectively... And Paul pipe down this is to relieve congestion not provide you with a dual cycle lane! how will that help us?
They can't get a small road scheme right... i do not hold much home for a new bridge being delivered effectively... And Paul pipe down this is to relieve congestion not provide you with a dual cycle lane! how will that help us? Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 18

1:47pm Tue 15 Apr 14

BL2 says...

Yet another White Elephant...
Yet another White Elephant... BL2
  • Score: 13

2:33pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Dr Brian says...

Is this the same designer who has been designing the community stadium for the last 2 or 3 years? If so expect the bridge sometime in the mid 2020s
Is this the same designer who has been designing the community stadium for the last 2 or 3 years? If so expect the bridge sometime in the mid 2020s Dr Brian
  • Score: 16

2:45pm Tue 15 Apr 14

York2000 says...

Quick everybody, moan about the council..! It's just what this website needs... hundreds of moaning comments!
Quick everybody, moan about the council..! It's just what this website needs... hundreds of moaning comments! York2000
  • Score: -5

4:00pm Tue 15 Apr 14

JHardacre says...

£10 million for the bridge "which may not be a permanent structure".

Sounds like a great use of £10million (not). Do these clowns know what they are doing?
£10 million for the bridge "which may not be a permanent structure". Sounds like a great use of £10million (not). Do these clowns know what they are doing? JHardacre
  • Score: 17

5:17pm Tue 15 Apr 14

trailblazer says...

if darren richardson has anything to do with it it will come with cameras and fixed penalty notices if you are not a bus or council vehicle.
if darren richardson has anything to do with it it will come with cameras and fixed penalty notices if you are not a bus or council vehicle. trailblazer
  • Score: 8

5:18pm Tue 15 Apr 14

johnwill says...

Keep Darren Richardson's hands off it . He has history.
Keep Darren Richardson's hands off it . He has history. johnwill
  • Score: 9

5:39pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Hereiamagainhaha says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Look forward to developer contribution to enhance the parallel Cinder Lane link for cyclists. Maybe lower the footbridge to make it flush at the Holgate end, and a spiral link and lift at the City end. The lift would of course be sufficiently big to accommodate a couple of bikes.............
You really are in cloud cuckoo land, bike bike bike, are you really not sick of hearing yourself........
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Look forward to developer contribution to enhance the parallel Cinder Lane link for cyclists. Maybe lower the footbridge to make it flush at the Holgate end, and a spiral link and lift at the City end. The lift would of course be sufficiently big to accommodate a couple of bikes.............[/p][/quote]You really are in cloud cuckoo land, bike bike bike, are you really not sick of hearing yourself........ Hereiamagainhaha
  • Score: 10

6:51pm Tue 15 Apr 14

eeoodares says...

York2000 wrote:
Quick everybody, moan about the council..! It's just what this website needs... hundreds of moaning comments!
If you do not like it, why do you keep reading and then rather ironically ... moaning about it!
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: Quick everybody, moan about the council..! It's just what this website needs... hundreds of moaning comments![/p][/quote]If you do not like it, why do you keep reading and then rather ironically ... moaning about it! eeoodares
  • Score: 8

7:08pm Tue 15 Apr 14

bloodaxe says...

Oh dear, another day of woe.
Oh dear, another day of woe. bloodaxe
  • Score: 2

9:25pm Tue 15 Apr 14

fred02 says...

repy to york 2000
yes lets all stop moaning- and lets all use our vote to rectify these issues?
repy to york 2000 yes lets all stop moaning- and lets all use our vote to rectify these issues? fred02
  • Score: 6

4:52am Wed 16 Apr 14

Magicman! says...

Perhaps looking at a bigger picture is needed... why not build a bridge from Water End / Landing Lane to go over the passenger lines of the ECML into the Central site, with the road from that going straight ahead into Leeman Road - complete with a new junction (initially a roundabout, unless proven otherwise that traffic lights really are needed) at Water End... the result being that traffic using Leeman Road then use this new bridge and go straight across and completely bypass Salisbury Terrace and Garfield Terrace and don't have to go under that low bridge below the train lines either. Then rising bollards can be put where Salisbury Road becomes Salisbury Terrace so that access to that area is for residents only, with the other access point being under the railway bridge from Leeman Road.... That then take saway all the through traffic from what is supposed to be a residential area.
Perhaps looking at a bigger picture is needed... why not build a bridge from Water End / Landing Lane to go over the passenger lines of the ECML into the Central site, with the road from that going straight ahead into Leeman Road - complete with a new junction (initially a roundabout, unless proven otherwise that traffic lights really are needed) at Water End... the result being that traffic using Leeman Road then use this new bridge and go straight across and completely bypass Salisbury Terrace and Garfield Terrace and don't have to go under that low bridge below the train lines either. Then rising bollards can be put where Salisbury Road becomes Salisbury Terrace so that access to that area is for residents only, with the other access point being under the railway bridge from Leeman Road.... That then take saway all the through traffic from what is supposed to be a residential area. Magicman!
  • Score: 5

8:25am Wed 16 Apr 14

Caecilius says...

Bailed Out wrote:
In an ideal world the steel for the bridge would be sourced from melted down bike frames.
But steel from wrecked vehicles is so much more readily available. Three crashes, involving seven vehicles, are reported in today's Press alone. I wonder whether any of the drivers involved have been on here telling us all that they're so skilled they don't need to observe a 20 mph limit in residential streets?
[quote][p][bold]Bailed Out[/bold] wrote: In an ideal world the steel for the bridge would be sourced from melted down bike frames.[/p][/quote]But steel from wrecked vehicles is so much more readily available. Three crashes, involving seven vehicles, are reported in today's Press alone. I wonder whether any of the drivers involved have been on here telling us all that they're so skilled they don't need to observe a 20 mph limit in residential streets? Caecilius
  • Score: 116

8:58am Wed 16 Apr 14

micky moodys hat says...

They should build an access road through the British Sugar site and down the side of the rail lines. It would then serve all the new developments and take traffic off an already busy A59.
They should build an access road through the British Sugar site and down the side of the rail lines. It would then serve all the new developments and take traffic off an already busy A59. micky moodys hat
  • Score: 5

3:29pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Warren Z says...

JHardacre wrote:
£10 million for the bridge "which may not be a permanent structure".

Sounds like a great use of £10million (not). Do these clowns know what they are doing?
I have to say I don't understand,10 million for a temporary bridge? The councils month of giant April fools continues.
[quote][p][bold]JHardacre[/bold] wrote: £10 million for the bridge "which may not be a permanent structure". Sounds like a great use of £10million (not). Do these clowns know what they are doing?[/p][/quote]I have to say I don't understand,10 million for a temporary bridge? The councils month of giant April fools continues. Warren Z
  • Score: 3

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