City of York Council Executive will receive a report on the progress made towards a proposed new rail station in Haxby. In a meeting on the 30th September, Executive will be asked to approve the addition of the Haxby Station project to the council’s Capital Programme 2021/22 to continue development work with the delivery partners Network Rail.
Following funding from the Council and extensive lobbying efforts by local Lib Dem councillors, in June 2020, the City of York Council submitted a bid for the Department for Transport’s New Stations Fund, making the case for Central Government funding to unlock the delivery of a new station in Haxby.
After reviewing this bid and seeing the clear potential for the scheme, the Council secured £400k to further develop proposals for the station. The Department for Transport have indicated their support of this project and that they would expect to make a decision in 2022 on awarding full funding for delivery of the station.
The Council Executive will now be asked to approve the acquisition of the freehold interest of a plot of land within the area of Haxby. The land the Council is seeking to purchase could be used as either the station site (should this be the preferred location), or as replacement allotments in the case that the Station Road location was to be chosen. If the project did not proceed for any reason in the future, this land could also be utilised for Woodland planting.
Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of the Council, commented:
“This is yet another step towards realising the decades long ambition for local communities and local councillors to build a new station in Haxby. This, alongside our other major transport projects, such as the dualling of the Ring Road, will lead to improved connectivity and commuting opportunities across the city.
“We will continue to work with the Department for Transport and Network Rail to progress our bid and ensure that Haxby station is delivered to the benefit of the local community as well as the wider city and region.”
Councillor Edward Pearson, Liberal Democrat councillor for Haxby and Wigginton ward, added:
“We have campaigned for the delivery of Haxby station for years, and after developing a robust and compelling business case and securing the backing of residents and local businesses, it’s terrific to see the potential for this hugely important local project be recognised.
“The new station would provide direct access to the rail network for thousands of local residents from Haxby, Wigginton, and surrounding communities, improving access to new employment and leisure opportunities. The delivery of this project will mean increased connectivity to new jobs and services, providing faster, more efficient, and sustainable travel, helping to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions on our roads.
“I look forward to working with local stakeholders and delivery partners to ensure that this project is finally realised and brings the desired benefits for the local community and the city.”