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Revised Tadcaster Road scheme set for approval

Published Thursday, 14 October 2021

A revised Tadcaster Road scheme proposal is set for approval.

Following feedback from over 500 people, who have had their say on a City of York Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority proposal to improve walking, cycling and bus travel on one of York’s busiest routes, changes could be made to proposed segregated cycle lanes, pedestrian crossings and bus stops.

The £1.4m improvements, which are set to be made along Tadcaster Road between the Askham Bar Park & Ride and Blossom Street next year, will be delivered by the council in partnership with the combined authority.

A report to an Executive Member for Transport decision session on 19 October is recommending a series of options, which take into account feedback from the consultation. The proposals consider changes to segregated cycle lanes, pedestrian crossings and bus stops.

The report also recognises the challenges that widening alongside the Knavesmire poses and has removed this from the current proposals.

This work is needed to ensure that the road continues to cope with the current and future travel demands and create a safer and attractive environment for all road users.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Executive Member for Transport, at City of York Council, said:

“Thank you to everyone who had their say on the consultation. Tadcaster Road is used by thousands of residents, students, visitors every day. This feedback will ensure that the next stage of design takes into account all views. The proposals aim to provide more attractive, safer and convenient routes which be introduced at the same time as the £5million upgrade to improve surfacing/lighting and reduce localised flooding.

“It’s a great opportunity to be able to combine the two schemes, so that the level of disruption for residents, businesses and visitors is reduced as much as possible and we can make the most of the funding which is available to us.”

The scheme is being delivered with money from the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund, which is helping to transform gateways to towns and cities across the region by making it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport

This project forms part of a much wider road scheme to improve drainage, lighting and surfacing issues on Tadcaster Road, which will help people travel more sustainably by providing more attractive, safer and convenient routes. It will also support investment being made at Askham Bar to allow overnight parking for visitors to central York.

People were asked for their views on the walking, cycling and bus travel scheme, which will help to:

  • make improvements to support and encourage people to walk, cycle and use the bus
  • make travelling by bus more convenient and reliable
  • create safer and more attractive cycling and walking routes

This will inform the next stage of design. In time, the measures will reduce congestion, improve air quality and improve the health and wellbeing of residents through promoting active travel choices.

In addition to this, the council secured an additional £5m funding from Department of Transport’s Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund last year. This will ensure essential maintenance and improvement work will also take place to the drainage, lighting and the surfaces of the road and pavements.

Both schemes are proposed to be delivered simultaneously so that disruption to residents, businesses and the users of Tadcaster Road can be minimised and overall costs reduced. All residents and businesses in close proximity to Tadcaster Road were sent information about the consultation in August.

As these plans are at feasibility stage, the purpose of the consultation was to inform the next stage of creating more detailed designs.

If approved, construction could start in late spring 2022 and complete in early 2023. Once detailed designs have been produced the construction dates will be confirmed.

Due to the size and complexity of the proposed works the improvements will most likely be introduced in phases.

During the scheme’s construction stage, there will inevitably be some disruption. By delivering the maintenance scheme at the same time as the proposed transport improvements, it will help to reduce the amount of disruption on the Tadcaster Road.