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York: Scarborough Bridge

This project consists of building a new, wider bridge across the River Ouse near to the centre of York, adjacent to the existing Scarborough-line railway bridge.

The new crossing will provide a much wider bridge suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, pushchairs, wheelchairs and those with mobility issues. It will incorporate ramps, as well as stepped access so that all users are catered for. This new bridge will provide a traffic-free, scenic and direct link for residents, commuters and tourists – by foot or bike – between York station and the city centre and residential suburbs located on the opposite side of the river

The on-site work is being delivered by Amco Giffin and Network Rail, on behalf of City of York Council and CityConnect. The bridge structure will be constructed off-site and then lifted into place to minimise disruption to the public.

The outline programme for the on-site work is shown below:

November 2018 to January 2019 – Preparatory works take place and construction of ramps and steps commences

End of January 2019 – Bridge and path closures begin

There will be riverside path closures adjacent to the bridge:

Please Note: Scarborough Bridge footbridge will close to the public from 09:30pm on the 26th of January, for several weeks.

During this time diversions will be put in place and signed

Mid-February 2019 – Existing footbridge lifted out and new bridge lifted in

Mid-April 2019 – New bridge open for public use

Visual of the new bridge 

Why is there a need for a new bridge?

The current route is not accessible for anyone with mobility issues (the next nearest suitable river crossing being the heavily congested and narrow pavements of Lendal Bridge) and it is extremely difficult  for persons to currently pass each other on the bridge. Even with the existing narrow footbridge, the desire line here is clear with over 2,600 pedestrians on average using this crossing daily. Over 600 cyclists a day also use this route and currently have to carry their bikes up steep steps and across the narrow footbridge due to the lack of suitable river crossings within the area. Additionally, riverside flooding can currently render the existing footbridge inaccessible for lengthy periods of time.
It is envisaged that this new attractive traffic-free route between the Station (and York Central site) and the city centre, potentially via Museum Gardens, will become the preferred route for many visitors to York as well as regular commuters and local residents.

In addition, the bridge will improve the connectivity of the National Cycle Network (routes 65 and 658) as well as providing an improved traffic free route to the York Central site to the west of the station. Furthermore, the existing footbridge can be inaccessible for several weeks of the year due to riverside flooding. The new bridge will ramp down to the ‘dry side’ of the flood defences and therefore be continuously available for use.

Public Consultation and Project Approvals

Public consultation on the proposal (shown below) opened on Monday 10th July and closed on Friday 28th July. Consultation was led by City of York Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Members of the public were invited to inspect plans and discuss this proposal with the Project Manager at two events  in York Station foyer on;

The public were invited to feedback on the above proposals by sending their comments to

York City Council Executive Committee approved the replacement and upgrade on 31 August 2017. Details from this meeting can be found on York City Council’s website

Planning permission for the project was initially granted on 22 March 2018 and amendments were approved on 11 September 2018. Applications can be viewed on York City Council’s planning access website

This project is expected to be complete by the end of March 2019.


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