PLANS for a new railway station in York are set to be stalled because of the uncertainty clouding Government funding.

Coun Steve Galloway, City of York Council’s executive member for city strategy, will be asked to suspend any further work on the Haxby station project at a meeting next month until the amount of public money which may be available for such schemes can be clarified.

The authority has hoped to build a station in Haxby for many years, having included it within its Local Transport Plan, and the aim is for it to ultimately be placed on the TransPennine network with trains to York, Scarborough, Leeds and Manchester.

It is also hoped that the station, which could be built on a patch of land near the level crossing at Towthorpe Road and Station Road, would reduce congestion levels on the A64 and outer ring road.

However, the estimated cost of the project has been put at more than £4.9 million.