Work set to start on Scarborough Bridge in York
The project is being delivered in partnership by City of York Council and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through it’s £60 million CityConnect programme, which is aimed at encouraging more people to cycle and walk.
The new bridge, which will be three times as wide as the existing footbridge, will have ramps at either side improving access for people travelling by bike, those with pushchairs and, importantly, wheelchair users.
Preparation works are starting on-site at the end of October with the construction of the ramps and steps likely to be finished in the New Year.
The existing footbridge will be closed from late January when it will be removed and the new bridge will be put in place.
The new bridge will be in place and open to the public next spring.
Executive member for transport and planning, Cllr Peter Dew, said: “Over 3,000 pedestrians and cyclists use Scarborough Bridge everyday, therefore I’m pleased that work will soon be starting to put in place this long overdue upgrade. This is another major step forwards in our aim of providing a traffic free route from York Central and the railway station through to the city centre.
“I hope residents will bear with us during the upgrade works and whilst there is likely to be some disruption we will do everything possible to keep this to a minimum.”
Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: “Scarborough Bridge is a good example of how the Combined Authority, through its CityConnect programme, is working in partnership with others to improve cycling and walking infrastructure across the region.
“Construction of the new, fully-accessible and widened bridge is being supported by funding from our CityConnect programme.
“Through City Connect we aim to encourage more people to cycle and walk, which we know as well as boosting people’s health and saving them money, brings wider environmental and economic benefits.”
Aiden Talbott, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, added: “We’re delighted to be working with the council to upgrade the bridge to provide improved connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists, and to have encountered such positive support for the project during the public consultation events. We will continue to work closely with the council and local residents to make sure any disruption is kept to the minimum and advertised well in advance.”
Throughout the construction of the new bridge Marygate car park will be operating at a reduced capacity as an area will be used for the construction. The path which runs adjacent to Marygate car park, including the existing flood gate close to Scarborough Bridge will also be closed from the end of October with signed diversions in place.
The council’s executive approved the replacement of the footbridge in August after an overwhelmingly positive response to a public consultation last year.