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Extension of Harrogate and York service set to be approved

Extension of Harrogate and York service set to be approved

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 8:08am 25th April 2020.

A plan to double the number of trains between Harrogate and York looks set to be finalised.

  • The scheme will cost £13 million in total.
  • A virtual meeting is taking place on Tuesday to discuss the plan.
  • By the end of the year, there could be a twice-hourly service.

North Yorkshire councillors will meet virtually on Tuesday to sign off on a scheme that extends the service between the two locations.

Funds for the project were first secured in 2013 – but there were fears it could have been shelved.

North Yorkshire County Council thought it would require an almost full doubling of the track at a cost of more than £40million.

However, following an investigation with Network Rail, an affordable scheme was identified, involving limited track improvements and signalling upgrades.

The main improvement will involve upgrading the token block signalling to more modern technology.

Other improvement works will also allow faster speeds and more efficient use of a length of double track at Cattal.

A total of £9.6million of the scheme’s budget is being provided by York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership.

North Yorkshire County Council will use £3.4million in parking fines to pay for the rest.

David Bowe, the council’s director of business and environmental services, has recommended a final approval of the funds ahead of Tuesday’s meeting.