Firms urged to back £26m transport plan

BUSINESSES are being urged to back a £26m transport scheme in one of Yorkshire's most congested cities to try and save a package of much-needed improvements from the Government's public sector cutbacks.

York Council is contacting key members of the city's business world in the hope that a groundswell of support will persuade Ministers not to slash finance for the multi-million pound initiative.

Under the proposals, the existing but over-subscribed Askham Bar park and ride site would be replaced with a larger facility, and two new park and ride locations would be created on the A59 near Poppleton and on Wigginton Road at Clifton Moor.

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New bus priority measures would also be put in place and a major upgrade carried out on

the A59/A1237 roundabout on the city's congested outer ring road.

It is thought the support of key stakeholders from the business and environment sectors will play a key role in discussions with the Government.

The council says the scheme will help stimulate the economy, boost tourism and provide a sustainable transport alternative.