The Chancellor announced an additional one off allocation of £50m for Integrated Transport Schemes (ITS) in the Autumn Statement.
York will receive £258k in 2011/12. This is in addition to the £20 million allocated for the new park and ride sites and the £4 million to stimulate sustainable transport use in north east York.
Subject to a decision by Council the ITS funding could be used to support a number of projects including Reinvigorate York and kick starting the Access York (phase 1) project which will see two new park and ride sites established on the west and north of the City. Hopefully the “Reinvigorate York” money will be allocated to a worthwhile scheme such as the paving of Duncombe Place, rather than more gimmicks like the “Wi Fi” zone in Coney Street.
Separately the council has announced minor changes to the work that will be undertaken on transport projects in the City during the current year.
• Reduced allocation for the Fishergate (Pedestrian Route to Barbican) scheme, which will be delivered over the year-end.
• Reduced allocation for the James Street Link Road Phase 2 scheme, as planning approval has not yet been granted for the scheme.
• Reduced allocations for some schemes in the public transport block, due to the lower cost of feasibility work in 2011/12.
• Reduced allocations for some of the cycle scheme development work, due to the lower costs of feasibility work in 2011/12.
• Amendment allocations for schemes in the Schools Schemes block, following a review of progress and predicted costs in 2011/12.
• CYC funding for City Walls Restoration slipped to 2012/13, as the works will not be carried out in 2011/12.
• Reduced allocation for the 20mph Limit Scheme £100k – Development & Implementation, Thankfully Council officials have said additional time is required to ensure the most effective policy is developed and to enable the trial schemes to be delivered. The funding has been reduced from £100k to £20k.