Introduction and aims
Ryedale Cycle Forum seek to develop cycling in Malton and Norton, and routes in and out of each town. We are not the first people to consider this, in 2005 NYCC published The Malton and Norton Transportation Strategy, prepared by Mouchel Parkman Ltd. It included The Malton and Norton Cycling Plan with much information. Though Ryedale has seen a big growth in leisure cycling, there has been very little cycle infrastructure added. So the infrastructure problems and opportunities remain much the same as described in 2005, and the motor traffic is even heavier.
NYCC, working with RDC, have appointed consultants to develop a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) phase 1 study for Malton and Norton. Consultation has been undertaken and work on the study is nearing completion.
There is no provision for cyclists in Malton or Norton apart from Cycle racks at the railway station and in Malton Market Place; no cycle routes or access points. Any improvement for non-motor users will be of benefit.
Two big opportunities for developing cycling in 2020 are the proposed pedestrian/cycle bridge at the railway station, and the proposed Malton to Pickering Cycle Route. They are important because they help to meet many already identified needs of both towns; for physical and mental health, for reducing traffic congestion and pollution, for tourism and other businesses, for routes to work, for leisure, for travel safety and for quality of life.
Of course there are other potential routes in the towns and in the Parishes, and Ryedale Cycle Forum are working with Town and Parish Councils on a number already.
Ryedale Cycle Forum brings together residents, the Town Councils, neighbouring Parishes, cycling organisations, Ryedale District Council, NYCC Highways, The National Park Authority, Forest Enterprise, visitors to Ryedale, business interests, and groups concerned for health and the environment. All welcome at our meetings; for dates, time and venue see contact details below.
The NYCC 2005 Malton and Norton Transportation Strategy Cycling Plan
The full NYCC document can be found on our website www.getryedalecycling.com. You’ll need to scroll down 2/3 way to find the Cycling Plan. It contains the following:-
Introduction; Problems and Opportunities; Topography; Communications and Highways Integration with Public Transport; The Disused Railway Driffield; Cycle way Links to Broughton and Pickering; The Proposed Route from Rillington to Kirkham Priory; The National Byway; Safe Cycle Routes to School; Cycle Parking; Cycle Use: Traffic Speed and Flow; Cycling Accidents; The Need for a Clearly Defined and Safe Cycling Network; The Use of Other Traffic Management Measures Which Facilitate Cycling; The Proposed Cycling Network for Malton and Norton and Norton; Primary Cycle Routes; Secondary Cycle Routes; The Creation of Shared Footpath Cycle Routes; A Cycle Route Using the Disused Gilling to Malton Railway Line; A Footpath /Cycleway Link from the Railway Station to Development Land to the south; Cycle Promotion and Education; Local Cycling Targets
The proposed pedestrian cycle/bridge at the railway station
With a doubling of train services due from 2020, a new bridge could have direct links to the existing and possible new platform. This would benefit pedestrians and cyclists who arrive or depart Malton/Norton by train, and they wouldn’t need to use the level crossing.
The roads are very busy, especially between the two towns. The proposed expansion to the rail services is set to at least triple the capacity for train users, and TPE have predicted higher use with forecast housebuilding. The level crossing is a dangerous bottleneck with no safe option for non-car users. Sustrans routes and all other non-motor movement between the towns is via the level crossing.
The new bridge would give access by foot and by bicycle from Ryedale and East Yorkshire to rail and bus services. It would give a safer and more pleasant route than via the level crossing, by foot and by bicycle, to employment, shops and services for Malton/Norton residents. It would require a lift or a ramp for disability access, suitable for bicycles, and would need to be independent of ticket barriers.
Network Rail and train operators will probably require a 2nd platform because of increased frequency of services. It is hoped that they and the Government -funded York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership will pay for the bridge to mitigate for the increased delays at the level crossing resulting from more trains, and to enhance the whole travel network of both towns. Ryedale District Council are looking to enhance rail/bus interchange facilities and to add parking. The bridge fits well with these ideas too. Safe access on both sides of the bridge should link to onward routes for cyclists and pedestrians.
The bridge will encourage physical exercise, reduce vehicle emissions, avoid poisonous fumes, reduce carbon footprint, and reduce traffic volume in Malton and Norton so that other vehicles can keep moving better. It will make access to the railways station easier, so will encourage people to use the train instead of the car for longer journeys, so the benefits will not just be felt in Ryedale, but in other parts of North Yorkshire and beyond.
The proposed Malton to Pickering Cycle Route
The Station bridge crossing described above provides a safer route for crossing the railway and river for long distance cycle tourism between Hull, East Yorkshire, York, the North York Moors and the coast. The Malton to Pickering Cycle Route will be a main route onwards for cycling tourist. Work will start on this route in Autumn 2019, funded by European Tourism Infrastructure Funding. The route will be created in stages and when all sections are up to Sustrans safety standards, it will become part of the National Cycle Network. It will be part of the National Cycle Network. En-route are Eden Camp, the new Eden industrial estate, Flamingo Land, Pickering Leisure Village, Pickering Pool and Gym, and two large garden centres. Residents employed at these places will have the option of cycling to work, which employers can support.
Other potential routes in and out of Malton and Norton
As described in 2005, signed cycle routes in the town centres need to be carefully planned and will use existing highways to some extent. Ryedale Cycle Forum are keen that any new housing and road developments include designated cycle-ways as a matter of course, and we are lobbying transport planners about this. Sustrans are also engaging with this issue on a regional level. To make cycling an attractive mode of transport, it needs to be quick, so shared use paths with pedestrians are only suitable on very quiet routes. The Cycle Forum has been been lobbying Highways England, with the result that a short section of cycle route will be added alongside the A64 near Huttons Ambo. This will much improve the safety of the cycle route from York.
In 2005, cycle and pedestrian journeys were only around 3% of total journeys recorded in the traffic surveys. We can make a big difference to this, and to all the related pollution and health damage, by creating a network of cycle ways that people feel safe on.
Other useful documents
Yorkshire Cycling Strategy – Yorkshire and Humber Local Authorities and key partners
Making Space for Cycling – published by Cyclenation
Contact details:- to suggest content for updating this document please contact Helen Gundry
4 Tinley Garth, Kirkbymoorside, N Yorkshire. YO62 6AR