New improved cycle and footpath opens in York

Walking and cycling the Burnholme link are (left to right) Cllr Darryl Smalley, Duncan McIntyre (member of the council's iTravel team), Cllr Andy D'Agorne, Alice Thatcher and Angela Blackwood (members of the council's iTravel team)

An improved path open 24/7 for cyclists and pedestrians has been formally opened today (Wednesday, 22 January) at Burnholme.

The path, called the Burnholme Link, connects the city centre to Stockton Lane, Malton Road, Osbaldwick and the countryside beyond.

It has had new lighting and partial resurfacing and pedestrians and cyclists will be able to share the path which will be open all day and year round.

The path’s new lights have been installed by Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust which built the neighbouring development of Derwenthorpe.

The new path now connects that community’s residents to the Burnholme hub with its new sports centre, the vibrant community hub and library and its open spaces.

The path used to be gated for the benefit of students of the former Burnholme school and, since construction work began on the Derwenthorpe site, it was closed completely for safety reasons. Now work to improve the Burnholme sports pitches and to create the new Burnhome Sport Centre has completed, the path is safe to reopen permanently.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of City of York Council and Executive Member for Transport, said: “I’m very pleased to see this sustainable connection which makes it even easier for people to walk or cycle to the fantastic facilities at Burnholme.”