New pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting station to city centre given the green light

The design for a wider shared-use pedestrian and cycle bridge at Scarborough Bridge was unanimously endorsed by City of York Council’s Planning Sub-Committee on Thursday 8 March.

The new bridge will be nearly three times as wide, while the ramps at either end will mean cyclists, wheelchair users and people pushing prams will be able to use the bridge with ease. New steps connecting the ends of the bridge with the riverside paths are also to be built.

The decision means the new bridge is on track to be constructed and in use by March 2019, with its estimated £4.5m cost funded by the council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect Programme, and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership.

Councillor Ian Gillies, leader of City of York Council, said: “Anyone who has used the bridge knows it is too narrow, and the access is exceptionally poor.

“So this is great news for the 3200 pedestrians and cyclists that currently use it every day, and even better news for all the people who simply haven’t been able to use it.

“This is another major step towards providing a traffic-free journey from the station to museum gardens and the city beyond as well as increasing sustainable transport access into the York Central site."

Cllr Keith Wakefield, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee Chair, said: “The new wider bridge will provide much-needed access improvements between the train station and city centre, benefitting residents, commuters and tourists travelling by bike or on foot and, importantly, people with mobility issues.

“Through our CityConnect programme, the Combined Authority is working in partnership with other organisations to attract investment and ensure everyone in our region benefits from a modern, accessible transport network and a strong, successful economy.”

Board member David Dickson from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership which contributed funding towards the scheme, said: "This is an important scheme for the people and businesses in York that will provide improved access to both York Station and York Central development. Crucially it also shows how funding from different sources can be brought together to deliver infrastructure improvements in our area."

The council’s Executive approved the replacement of the footbridge in August after an overwhelmingly positive response to a public consultation last year.