MP wants political differences brushed aside in quest to solve York’s ‘creaking infrastructure’ (From York Press)
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MP wants political differences brushed aside in quest to solve York’s ‘creaking infrastructure’
A YORK MP has called for the city’s political rivals to forget their differences and unite to secure the transport cash needed to solve congestion problems.
City of York Council last week unveiled a “wish-list” of transport schemes it hopes to move forward over the next ten to 20 years, including dualling parts of the outer ring road, a new railway station in Haxby , a possible Park&Ride site at Clifton Moor and the introduction of electric buses.
But the authority has said there is no prospect of being able to pay for all the schemes itself, meaning it will have to fight for funding from elsewhere.
York Outer MP Julian Sturdy said political allegiances needed to be set aside and businesses must also join forces if the city was to successfully bid for financial backing towards its transport aims.
Mr Sturdy last week hosted the second meeting of his York Transport Roundtable group, which brings together businesses, politicians and community leaders to identify key projects. It has agreed the city’s infrastructure is “creaking under demand” and threatens York’s economic performance.
He said some businesses may look at leaving the city unless solutions can be found. He said: “It is increasingly clear that York’s future transport needs are finally getting the cross-party, business-led attention they require.
“Almost everybody in York agrees an efficient transport network is crucial to the long-term prosperity and competitiveness of our great city, but with our transport veins becoming increasingly blocked, we must ensure our words are backed up with firm and ambitious action.
“On this issue it is right and proper that local politicians put their differences to one side and do all they can to push York’s case.”
Mr Sturdy said York would have to “punch above its weight” to win the funding necessary for major transport projects such as making part of the A1237 dual carriageway, the estimated cost of which is £150 million, but he welcomed much of the list produced by the council and the Roundtable group would outline its recommended schemes later in the year.
“I look forward to continuing to work with business and community leaders across York as we launch a fresh push for infrastructure funding and investment,” he said.