Haxby ward councillors have today written to Transport Minister Grant Shapps and the Department for Transport to reiterate their support for a new railway station in Haxby, and ask for his backing to secure the much needed Government funding.
In June, 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 decades-long aspiration for a new station in Haxby. A pivotal £50,000 investment was secured by the Haxby and Wigginton Liberal Democrat Councillors earlier in January to develop a business case for the new station. This funding allowed City of York Council to prepare and submit a well-researched, thorough and substantial funding bid, which included a consultation of local residents.
The Department of Transport is currently in the process of assessing the Haxby Station bid, alongside other station funding bids from around the country, and an announcement on the successful bids is expected at some point later this month.
Writing to the Transport Secretary, Cllr Ed Pearson said:
“A new station would provide direct access to the rail network for thousands of local residents from Haxby, Wigginton, and surrounding communities, increasing connectivity. It would also provide a faster, more efficient, and sustainable mode of transport, reducing congestion, particularly on the northern ring road, and providing a more joined up transport service for local residents. With connections to York, Leeds, Manchester and beyond, as well as Malton and Scarborough, the station would mean improved access to new employment and leisure opportunities.
“The Haxby station proposal has secured support from all major political parties, local parish councils, as well as the local residents. Rail operating companies have also written in support; demonstrating that the station is likely to be revenue generative. With a robust and compelling business case and resident support, we hope that you will lend your weight to this project and enable this decades long ambition to become a reality.”
Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, commented:
“For a decade now investment in the Yorkshire and Humber’s transport infrastructure has significantly lagged behind London, the South East and the North West. To truly “level up” the North the Government must deliver on its promises and invest in our region, so we can unlock the economic potential of the North and enable a sustainable recovery. We are urging the government to keep their promises and deliver for the communities of the North.”
Cllr Andrew Hollyer, added:
“A number of residents have raised concerns about the potential impact on localised traffic and parking with a new station. We understand and appreciate these concerns and will work hard to ensure the station plans have sufficient mitigation measures in place to manage traffic and parking. Haxby station has overwhelming support from local residents, however we must ensure all concerns are properly addressed as the plans progress.”