City of York Council is moving forward with plans to build a new station to serve the North of York.
The Council recently bought a site on Towthorpe Rd, between Haxby and Strensall, and this has been chosen as the preferred site. A comprehensive review of five sites concluded that this was the most suitable and most deliverable site.
A detailed design will now be produced and there will be a public consultation before the scheme goes forward for planning approval. There have been promises from the local MP that the Government will provide funding - let's hope it sticks to its word.
Speaking at the Council's executive meeting, Cllr Tony Fisher supported the choice of site. "The site has to serve not just Haxby and Wigginton, but also Strensall, Earswick and other villages to the north of York and will open up access to the wider rail network, saving car journeys into York", he said. "This site is almost 5 acres, so will have plenty of car parking, but it is vital that good cycling, walking and bus links are provided to enhance sustainable travel. Ideally, there needs to be a bus route linking Strensall and Haxby which goes to the new station".