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New Park and Ride scheme coming to York

New Park and Ride scheme coming to York
York is set to benefit from a new Park and Ride scheme after plans were approved by the city's council.

Balfour Beatty has secured the contract to bring this £17 million project to fruition which is designed to help reduce congestion within the north Yorkshire region. Construction on the 'Access for York' project will start later in May and will see the creation of a 600-vehicle park at Poppleton Bar and also double the current size of a Park and Ride site at Askham Bar to 1,100 spaces. it marks the first phase of a scheme that will cost £22.7 million upon its completion and is one of the largest single investments in York's transport infrastructure.

As part of the plans, junctions to the new sites will be provided off the A59 and A1036 while major improvements will take place on the A59/A1237 roundabout. Officials explained that these roadworks will take around 54 weeks to complete with a finish date earmarked for May 2014. It is not only the tourism of York that will benefit from these Park and Ride schemes as traffic volumes are also expected to be reduced.

Planners believe that by taking a number of vehicles off the road will help to improve journey times and help local businesses operate efficiently. Balfour Beatty has confirmed that all work will be carried out to the BREEAM rating of 'very good' to ensure that all terminals are constructed to sustainable levels. A former landfill site is also set to be redeveloped as part of the Askham Bar expansion.

Councillor Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said: “Access York is critical for the future economic prosperity and environmental wellbeing of the city, so the award of the contract for the two new Park and Ride sites and the A59 ring road roundabout upgrade to Balfour Beatty is a pivotal moment for the city."

York is one of the more popular cities for tourists to visit in the UK. Aside from historic monuments displayed around the area there are a number of attractions including the York Dungeons and the National Railway Museum.

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Date: 03/05/2013 16:25:09

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