As a part of the one-year spending review announced by the Chancellor today, the Government has confirmed that funding will be provided to further develop proposals for Haxby Station, with the expansion of the funding available in the third round of the New Stations Fund. This follows extensive lobbying efforts by local Lib Dem councillors and marks the next step in securing the delivery of Haxby station.
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 delivery of 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.
After assessing the bid, the Department for Transport has seen the major potential in this project and has awarded further funding to progress the project. We’re currently awaiting further information regarding the details on the allocated funding and the next stage in the progression of the project.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of the City of York Council, commented:
“The allocation of the funding to progress the delivery of Haxby station is another crucial step towards improving connectivity and commuting opportunities across the city, working towards the administration’s ambition to rebuild a more green, clean and sustainable city.
“We will continue to work with the Department for Transport to progress our bid and ensure that Haxby station, a decades-long ambition for local communities, is delivered to the benefit of the local community as well as the wider city and region.
“For more than a decade now Liberal Democrats have called for a significant increase in the investment in the Yorkshire and Humber’s transport infrastructure, which has lagged behind London and the South East. To truly “level up” the North the Government must invest in our region, so we can unlock the economic potential of the North and enable a sustainable recovery. Investment in such projects as the Haxby station is a step towards achieving this.”
Cllr Ed Pearson, Haxby and Wigginton Councillor, said:
“This is excellent news not only for the residents of Haxby and Wigginton but the wider community in York. 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 this hugely important local project take a crucial next step.
“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 the new station will mean increased connectivity to new jobs and services, as well as providing faster, more efficient, and sustainable travel, helping to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions on our roads.
“We will now work to progress the delivery of the project through detailed design and consultation, ensuring the station plans have sufficient mitigation measures in place to manage localised traffic and parking to address the concerns raised by residents living close to the proposed site. Haxby station has overwhelming support from local residents, businesses as other stakeholders, including Network Rail and the train operating companies, we are excited to take a step forward towards bringing this project to life."