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York awarded 'pinch-point' cash to tackle A19 flooding

A19 at Fulford near York 2012
Image caption The road was closed on three separate occasions in 2012 due to flooding

A busy commuter road that flooded three times last year is to undergo £4.7m of improvement work, thanks to a government grant.

The A19 at Fulford is often congested, being a "key route" into the centre of York, City of York Council said.

It plans to improve junctions, introduce bus lanes and raise the height of the road to avoid flooding.

The authority won £1.93m from the Department for Transport's Pinch Point fund, to tackle bottlenecks.

The rest of the money will come out of existing council budgets and from the private sector, the council said.

'Potential growth'

The area is close to the site of the proposed Germany Beck housing development, of about 700 homes, which was given outline planning permission in 2007 and is due to go before the planners again in the spring.

Labour councillor Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said: "The A19 is a key arterial route into the city centre and we've seen it close three times in the last year, which causes major traffic disruption.

"By carrying out these flood and surface water drainage improvements on this section it will support the Germany Beck development and potential growth in the area."

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, said: "By removing local bottlenecks and improving access to local development sites and communities, these schemes will help get people to and from work and power the economy.

"They also have the potential to help deliver new jobs and homes."

The council said it aimed to start construction towards of end of next year following a public consultation.

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