York Green Party

Greens urge council to stop playing on the ring road

18 July 2013

The Green Party is calling on the council to choose more cost-effective alternatives to more road-building as a response to York's congestion problems, instead of playing party politics with the already-rejected proposals to dual the A1237.

Labour Councillor Dave Merrett has put a motion to the Full Council meeting today calling for work to be progressed on the ring road, and attempting to enlist the help of (Conservative) York Outer MP Julian Sturdy.

Cllr Andy D'Agorne said, "The council has already drawn up fully costed sustainable transport projects, such as re-opening the station at Haxby. The most cost-effective alterations to ring road junctions have already been made or programmed for implementation as funds become available."

He continued, "By pushing for development targets that are vastly too high for the size of our city Labour is set to magnify the outer ring road congestion problems. Even if hundreds of millions of pounds could be found to dual the ring road, the proposed housing developments, massive retail growth, and sports stadium will make congestion just as bad as it is today but with double the traffic."

A report commissioned in 2008 by the then Lib Dem administration (conducted by consultants Halcrow) concluded that dualling of the ring road and grade separated junctions would be too costly and fail cost benefit analysis criteria required to secure government funding. It would also have a significant detrimental impact on the city's efforts to reduce emission of greenhouse gases.

The Greens have put forward the following amendment to Cllr Merrett's motion:

"Council agrees that the proposed 4,000 home development north of Clifton Moor, the 1500 homes at Monks Cross, together with the community stadium and retail expansion at Monk's Cross would outpace congestion benefits from any of the potential upgrades to the ring road as modelled in 2008 by consultants Halcrow. Additional major investment in sustainable transport is urgently required for York to address the growing barrier to jobs and economic prosperity arising from congestion."

You can read the 2008 Halcrow report here.


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