City of York Council has successfully secured funding from Active Travel England to deliver improvements to the riverside path between Jubilee Terrace and Scarborough Bridge.
The council has made up to £600,000 available to support the project, £80,000 of which is subject to further approval. On top of this, the council submitted an Active Travel Fund bid to the government in 2022 for £1.7 million and has now been granted £1.1 million for the improvements. By working with Active Travel England, the overall scope of the project will now be reviewed, but the funds allocated will enable the scheme to progress towards delivery.
This follows extensive consultation which sought to understand the priorities and concerns of local residents and path users. The consultation found that 96% of respondents support plans to improve the path, and key priorities include making space available for different types of users and improving lighting and CCTV.
James Gilchrist, Director of Transport, Environment and Planning at City of York Council, said:
This is very welcome news. Thank you to everybody who took part in the consultation. This helped us understand your priorities and shape our successful funding bid.
“This path is a key route on our city’s walk and cycle network and is valuable in connecting people to the city centre. This funding will help deliver improved active travel infrastructure and a safer, more pleasant experience for all users.
“We will work with Councillors and Active Travel England to review the scheme within the funding awarded and will continue to progress the design and feasibility work, which will then be taken to a decision session. I look forward to the next stages of this project as these significant improvements begin to take shape.”
Find out more about the Jubilee Terrace to Scarborough Bridge riverside path scheme online.