Haxby Railway Station has been put forward as a possible scheme to deliver through the Local Growth Fund as part of the Leeds City Region LEP bid. Following a Freedom of Information Request, City of York Council confirmed that they expect the results of the bid in July.
The response to the FoI request also confirmed the reasons for Haxby not gaining funding from the New Stations Fund.
- Line Speed Improvements appears to have been the major issue
- Schemes needed to be at GRIP3 and shovel ready, the line speed study we had done was felt only to be at GRIP 2
- The Line Speed Improvements costings could not be signed off, accepted that York had not received a final cost from Network Rail and York could not sign off an uncosted scheme and end up picking up all costs.
- There was no underwriting of the possible risks involved
- Looking for fixed offer – no unknown funding sources and this was not clear – again linked to LSI
- Confidence that the scheme could be delivered in the timescales of the scheme. Delivery was key.
- Evidence of stakeholder engagement and support for Haxby station
- We were advised that there had been one objection to Haxby sent directly to the DfT, NO other bids had any objections to their new stations, There were no letters of support or evidence of stakeholder engagement within the Haxby Bid
- Car Park and impact on the locality (this was not just an issue for Haxby)
- Land purchase issues around the allotment