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£175k earmarked to prepare business case for York traffic schemes
CITY leaders were today set to approve spending £175,000 to work on congestion-busting schemes as part of a transport “wish list” for York.
The Press reported last month how City of York Council had outlined a string of potential projects for improving the city’s transport network over the next two decades.
The potential projects include dualling at least part of the outer ring road and demolishing Queen Street bridge to build a bus interchange – if the necessary external funding can be secured.
The authority’s cabinet will tonight be asked to approve using money from its Delivery And Innovation Fund, set up earlier this year to support major projects.
It will allow work to be carried out on the business case for schemes which could be carried out through phase two of the Access York initiative. Access York is designed to help ease York’s gridlock problems, with the first stage involving the creation of two new Park&Ride sites at Poppleton Bar and Askham Bar.
The work is predicted to take about 18 months to complete. Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said: “It will allow possible initiatives to be evaluated, and their feasibility and the economic benefits they would create to be assessed.
“This means that, if funding opportunities become available, we will have a full business case in place and bids can be submitted.”
The tendering process for a firm to build the new Park&Rides is expected to take place within the next few weeks.
The chosen contractor must be approved by the Department for Transport due to the Access York funding it has provided.
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