Public events offer chance to hear of £31m travel options for towns

Consultation is now under way on £31m proposals to transform the gateways to three North Yorkshire towns.

New entrances to railway stations, new public spaces linking stations to town centres and better access to education and employment sites are among options for Harrogate, Selby and Skipton after a partnership of local authorities succeeded in a bid to the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF).

The TCF aims to make it easier, safer and quicker for people to travel on foot, by bike and by public transport. Transformational projects in the three towns will be delivered by a partnership of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, North Yorkshire County Council, Craven District Council, Harrogate Borough Council and Selby District Council and are scheduled to be completed by 2023.

Public consultations on the proposals for each town run until 24 March 2021. People can read more about the proposals and complete the surveys at www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/northyorkshire

In addition, a series of online public events begins next week, enabling people to hear more about the projects and to ask questions before completing the survey. The events are:​

  • Selby project: 4 and 12 March.
  • Harrogate project: 3 and 10 March
  • Skipton project: 2 and 11 March

All will start at 6pm. Find out how to join at www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/northyorkshire

Proposals in Selby include improved station frontage and links to the town centre, Abbey and bus station; improved walking and cycling links to major redevelopment sites, including a new cycle and footbridge over the River Ouse to the Olympia Park site.

Cllr David Buckle, Lead Executive Member for Communities and Economic Development at Selby District Council, said: “This is a once in a generation chance to totally re-design this part of Selby town centre. Selby district is the fastest-growing in North Yorkshire and we're seeing lots of new investment in Selby town centre. Setting out bold and ambitious plans like this is a way in which the District Council can support this new investment and continue this transformation.”

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said: “It is estimated TCF schemes will improve journeys by bus, rail, bike and on foot for up to 1.5 million people, and take up to 12 million car trips per year off our roads. Our region deserves a transport system which fills people with pride, with optimism and, above all, with the confidence we have a clear direction of travel towards future prosperity for all, while helping us achieve our aim of becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038.”

North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “Improving the gateways to these towns will not only make them more attractive, but will also provide infrastructure for sustainable travel. We have looked at barriers to people accessing public transport, cycling and walking and devised schemes to address these. I hope people will have their say through the consultation and take advantage of the online events to learn more and to ask questions.”

 

Public feedback will help to shape the next stage of the project plans.