Government funding is being sought for a feasibility study into the opening of a direct railway line from Bridlington to York.
Campaigners say the roads are “barely adequate” to meet current traffic demands, including the A166 between Driffield and York, on which the narrow bridge at Stamford Bridge causes “considerable delays.”
In a new report, it’s claimed that improving the railways is key to the economic future of the East riding - and would help Bridlington link to the government proposed new HS2 high speed rail network of which York will be a major point of connection.
Currently, rail passengers from Bridlington must go though Hull and Selby if they want to reach York by train.
Peter Hemmerman, of the Minsters Rail campaign, called for the new line to be built as part of the government’s £15 billion transport masterplan to improve links across the north and create a northern economic “powerhouse.”
He said: “I don’t believe we should wait to be asked, we have to make our case and press it hard!”
The feasibility study, likely to cost up to £100,000, would also include research into the re-opening the former Beverley to York railway line.
The Bridlington to York line, which would include stops at Driffield, Market Weighton and Pocklington, would involve “a loop” just north of Beverley connecting the existing Hull to Bridlington line with the new Beverley to York line.
East riding councillor Symon Fraser was at a meeting with other local authority members, as well as representatives from the Minsters Rail Campaign and Network Rail, where it was agreed that the feasibility study should take place.
Funding bids will now be made through Local Enterprise Partnerships.