Transforming Cities Fund
North Yorkshire County Council, Harrogate Borough Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority have been successful in a bid to secure £31m for projects in Selby, Skipton and Harrogate town centres, through the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund.
The project is part of the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund programme, a major new programme of investment that aims to create a step change in travel across the region. This investment will also help ‘level up’ the UK economy and redistribute wealth, jobs and investment more equitably across the four nations. This investment forms part of a much wider plan to tackle the climate crisis and deliver a more sustainable future for the region.
In Harrogate, a major package of investment will improve opportunities for sustainable travel and link the main transport hubs with centres of education and employment – all essential to getting back on track after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Low Traffic Neighbourhood – Beech Grove
North Yorkshire County Council highways team introduced a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) experimental traffic restriction on Beech Grove and Lancaster Road in Harrogate in February 2021.
The scheme means that non-residential through traffic is no longer available for traffic seeking to travel between West Park / Beech Grove and Otley Road. Beech Grove continues to be accessible to residents, their visitors, deliveries, emergency vehicles, refuse collections, taxi / private hire vehicles and drivers wishing to park and access the adjacent Stray area.
As this is an experimental scheme the public has a six-month period to share their views. The County Council will then consider whether to make it permanent, extend the experiment or set it aside.
Harrogate Transport Improvement Programme
Harrogate Transport Improvements Programme is a study of ways in which to reduce congestion and improve the infrastructure for all modes of transport in Harrogate and Knaresborough. The study has considered walking and cycling, highways improvements, junctions, bus priority and park and ride, as well as looking at ways in which people can be encouraged to travel more sustainably (known as behaviour change).
The Towns Fund Deal is a government-funded £3.6 billion opportunity for towns throughout England to bid for funds to improve skills, digital and transport connectivity, create new jobs, raise aspiration and revitalise the economic prospects of the area.
Whitby has received £17.1m which will deliver projects including pedestrianisation of Whitby swing bridge and a creation of a Whitby innovation hub, all of the projects are aimed at stimulating the economy in areas that may, without funding, be left behind.
With the potential creation of new jobs and more movements to and from the town, it is pertinent to consider how people will move around in the future.