The consultations, which closed on 24 March, came after a partnership of local authorities secured a total of £31m for projects in the three town centres from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF).
North Yorkshire Count Council say that it aims to make it easier, safer and quicker for people to travel on foot, by bike and by public transport by funding improved transport connections.
These projects will be delivered in partnership by 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.
The proposals include:
- In Harrogate, improved railway station frontage with better access for walking and cycling; improved facilities for walking and cycling in the town centre; and improvements to public spaces in the town.
- In Selby, improved station frontage and links to the town centre, Abbey and nearby 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.
- In Skipton, improved access for walking and cycling from the railway station to the bus station; improved railway station frontage and improved access to education and employment sites.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said:
We are grateful to everyone who took the time to give their feedback. We will now analyse the responses with a view to presenting a detailed report on the consultation findings next month. These will inform our decision on which options to take forward to detailed design. We will then seek further opinions on those designs.
I’m particularly pleased that in Harrogate we received more than 1,000 responses from a wide cross-section of the public. These responses have provided views from a broad range of individuals across all age groups and from people with limited mobility.
Councillor Phil Ireland, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for carbon reduction and sustainability, said:
Hundreds of people in the Harrogate district have responded to the consultation. I’d like to thank everyone who responded for sharing their views.
This scheme has the potential to create many more walking and cycling opportunities while transforming the look and feel of the station gateway area in Harrogate.
I look forward to seeing the analysis of the consultation so it can inform the next steps.
A report on the consultation response is expected to be presented to the County Council’s Business and Environmental Services corporate director and Executive members in April.