A major pedestrian bridge connecting York city centre with the city’s railwy station is to be closed for seven weeks from 26 January as Amco Giffen and Network Rail caryy out on-site improvements.
Under the £4.8M scheme, the existing 1.3m wide pedestrian and cycle bridge – known as Scarborough Bridge – will be replaced with a 4m structure. The new bridge is being built off site in Glasgow and will be lifted into place with rail cranes after the existing footbridge is removed.
Ramps will be installed to make it easier for pedestrians, wheelchair users and cyclist to use the bridge.
The work is being done on behalf of City of York Council and CityConnect.
It is funded from the City of York Council transport budget, as well as by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which has contributed £1.9M; and the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which is contributing £1.5M.
Proposed new bridge next to Scarborough Bridge
The scheme is set to come in under budget by more than £1M, which means that further improvement works may be given the go ahead.
Speaking at a transport meeting in December, council officers suggested extra work could include straightening the footpath running through the arch on the south side of the bridge.
The new bridge is expected to be lifted in, in mid-February and will open to the public in mid-March.
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