City of York Council, in partnership with CityConnect and Network Rail, are undertaking a consultation on proposals to build a new shared-use bridge spanning the River Ouse adjacent to the existing Scarborough-line railway bridge and connecting to York Station. The consultation starts on 7 July 2017 and closes on Friday 28 July 2017. A plan of the proposed new bridge is available as a download.
Members of the public are invited to inspect plans and discuss this proposal with the Project Manager at an exhibition in York Station foyer between 1pm and 6pm on Wednesday 12 July, and between 8am and 1pm on Thursday 13 July 2017. Visuals used in the exhibition are available to download.
Have your say by sending your comments to email@example.com or post to: Scarborough Bridge Consultation, City of York Council, Transport Projects, Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York YO10 3DS.
All feedback will be carefully considered and included in a report to the Executive Member for Transport and Planning for a decision on how to proceed later in the summer.
The current footbridge spanning the River Ouse adjacent to the existing Scarborough-line railway bridge is not accessible for anyone with mobility issues; the nearest suitable river crossing being the heavily congested and narrow pavements of Lendal Bridge. It is currently extremely difficult for people to pass each other on this bridge.
Even with the existing narrow footbridge, there is clearly a strong need for this bridge with an average of over 2,600 pedestrians using it on a daily basis. Additionally, over 600 cyclists per day use this route and currently have to carry their bikes up steep steps and across the narrow footbridge due to the lack of suitable river crossings within the area.
Furthermore, the existing footbridge can be inaccessible for several weeks of the year due to riverside flooding. The new bridge will ramp down to the ‘dry side’ of the flood defences and therefore be available for use all year round.
Improvements to the crossing
The new structure will replace the existing narrow footbridge which is currently attached to the east side of the railway bridge, but which can only at present be accessed by steep narrow steps from the riverside paths. The new crossing will provide a much wider bridge suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, pushchairs, wheelchairs and those with mobility issues. It will incorporate ramps, as well as stepped access so that a wider range of users are catered for.
This new bridge will provide a traffic-free, scenic and direct link for residents, commuters and tourists, on foot or bike, between York station, the city centre and residential suburbs located on the opposite side of the river.
This will also improve the connectivity of the National Cycle Network (routes 65 and 658) as well as providing an improved traffic-free route to the York Central site to the west of the station.
It is envisaged that this new traffic-free route between the station, York Central and the city centre, potentially via Museum Gardens, will become the preferred route for many visitors to York as well as regular commuters and local residents.
Funding and cost
City of York Council is leading on this project, in partnership with Network Rail. Funding for this upgrade has been made available from a number of sources including:
- Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Grant
- Central government’s Local Growth Fund
- City of York Council capital funding
The current estimated cost of the proposed new bridge is approximately £4.5 million.
Before starting the improvement works, we would like to know what you think and why. All feedback will be carefully considered and included in a report to the Executive Member for Transport and Planning for a decision on how to proceed later in the summer. Subject to approval, construction on the new bridge would start during 2018 and take several months.