York City Council News

22 Jan 2020

New link path connects more communities more actively

New link path connects more communities more actively: Cllr Smalley, Duncan McIntyre, Cllr Dagorne, Alice Thatcher, Angela Blackwood

An improved path open 24/7 for cyclists and pedestrians has been formally opened today (22 January 2020) 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. This is a welcome addition to new and improved cycling and walking facilities like Scarborough Bridge which add to our existing network of pleasant, off-road paths.”

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “Linking communities is important to help residents find the activities, services and support in their local area. The investment on a path like this, gives people the chance to walk and talk, or cycle with friends – this is pavement politics at its finest.”

Derwenthorpe resident and cyclist Nick Warlow, said: “Using the path is much quicker and it’s a good, smooth ride.”

For information on travelling to and around York please visit www.itravelyork.info/

CAPTION: 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).

Contact Information

Megan Rule
Senior Communications Manager
City of York Council
01904 555515

Notes to editors

Executive members and their portfolios:                                  

  • Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Transport – Cllr Andy D’Agorne on 07941392667
  • Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities – Cllr  Darryl Smalley on 07988376054

For further information please contact:

Megan Rule

Senior Communications Manager

City of York Council

Tel: 01904 552017

Mob: 07767 318063

Newsdesk / Out of hours: 01904 555515

Email: megan.rule@york.gov.uk