As part of the York Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS), the Environment Agency is investing £21 million to improve flood defences in the Clifton Without and Rawcliffe area. This will provide a high standard of protection against future flooding, benefitting 135 homes and protecting local businesses as well. It will also reduce the risk of flood water spilling on to Shipton Road.
The first phase of construction began in October 2021 with the setting up a works compound for the contractors, BAM Nutall. Work also started on building an alternative section of the Sustrans Route 65 cycle track. This involves diverting it away from Rawcliffe Meadows Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) onto Ings Dyke in Clifton Ings, ensuring that visitors can access the full length of the Ings throughout the construction period.
Over half the length of new track was completed before Christmas. Assuming there is no flooding on the site over the next few months, the EA hope that the new track should be ready by April this year. Once it is opened, anyone using the Sustrans route will be diverted onto this track. It will be wider than the old track and offer a better surface for both cyclists and pedestrians. As this alternative route will become a permanent part of the Sustrans route, it will reduce visitor pressure on the SSSI site and so protect the rare floodplain meadow species found there.
To find out more about the Clifton Ings Flood Alleviation Scheme, you can:
Contact the EA by email at: [email protected]
Phone the Environment Agency’s National Customer Contact Centre: 03708 506 506. (ask to speak to a member of the Clifton Ings Flood Alleviation Scheme team).