As part of a plan to upgrade the traffic signals at the St Helens Road junction a new Puffin pedestrian crossing facility is to be provided on the north side of the junction.
Full details are contained in this report
The report says,
“The replacement of the existing island has been proposed because the island is too narrow. It falls below minimum design guidance in terms of its overall width and the distance of its guard rails from the carriageway.
The substandard width results in difficulty for pedestrians in using the facility, especially those with prams and wheelchairs.
The substandard distance of the guardrail to the carriageway has resulted in vehicle strikes which in turn creates a maintenance liability.
The addition of a third pedestrian crossing on the north arm of the junction constitutes as ‘easy win’, in that it provides a desirable pedestrian facility without any significant detriment to the functioning of the junction.
There is no significant change to vehicular delays, queues, Practical Reserve Capacity or congestion.
Introduction of an additional pedestrian crossing on the north arm of the junction is a significant improvement for pedestrians as it serves a desire line accessing the inbound bus stop and Cross Keys public house.
Changes to traffic signals and junction layouts at George Hudson Street and East Parade in Heworth are also being considered
The York Council has announced which roads and footpaths will be resurfaced this year. The programme is the biggest for several years with, in total, £8,091,500 is due to be invested.
This represents an increase of 27% over the previous years budget
Around 100 individual roads are listed for resurfacing.
In the Dringhouses area, the programme includes £1/4 million for work on the following roads and footpaths
|Little Hob Moor
|Acomb Wood Close
|Old Moor Lane
The full list of streets which will receive attention can be viewed by clicking here
Just a week after we reported the problem of flooding at the junction of Chaloners Road and Chaloners Crescent, work is underway to install a new gulley.
Further up Chaloners Road, much-needed repairs have been made to the snicket that leads to Highmoor Close.
City of York Council will be carrying out carriageway maintenance works at Moor Lane commencing on Monday 24th October for a period of one day (weather permitting).
The site extents are as shown on the plan below. The works will be carried out between 9.15am and 4.00pm.
Moor Lane resurfacing area
The works will consist of resurfacing sections of Moor Lane together with the renewal / adjustment of some carriageway ironwork and the reinstatement of all road markings.
In order to carry out these works safely the use of a temporary road closure from the junction of A1237 Ring Road to the junction with Cairnborrow will be necessary whilst works are taking place. A clearly signed diversion route will be set out for through traffic. Site staff will be on hand to advise and assist residents about the access restrictions once the works are ongoing.
Emergency services will be permitted through the works in any situation.
Highways England have admitted that the overnight closures of the A64 at the Bishopthorpe Bridge are set to continue into July, meaning further disruption for residents of Tadcaster Road as traffic is diverted off the A64 and through the city centre. Highways England had previously said that the works should be completed by the end of May.
Complaints by residents about HGVs travelling at speed along Tadcaster Road through the night prompted Cllr Stephen Fenton to request information from Highways England on when the works would finish. Stephen was told that the slippage was due to “a number of reasons including the need for additional drilling works to fix the new barriers on the bridge.”
Stephen commented “It is disappointing that the works are over-running, and that information about the slippage of the expected completion date wasn’t proactively communicated to residents or local councillors by Highways England.”
Through traffic on the A64 is meant to be diverted onto the A1237 northern ring road, but the signs on the A64 are very near to the turn off for the A1237. Stephen has asked for some signs to be installed back towards Tadcaster, to give HGVs and other through traffic more notice and reduce the likelihood of them all ending up on Tadcaster Road.
The photograph below was taken at 8.30pm on Friday 3rd June, showing traffic backed up on Tadcaster Road almost all the way back to the Askham Bar roundabout.
We recently posted an article about a number of local issues in need of attention. We’re pleased to report that there has been progress in getting them fixed…..
Tree roots had caused the footpath on Silverdale Court to lift and crack in a couple of places, causing a trip hazard. These have now been fixed.
Repaired footpath on Silverdale Court
On Tadcaster Road the footpath was badly potholed at the entrance to the Texaco garage / Co-op. Although it is still something of a patchwork, the worst potholes have now been filled in.
Tadcaster Road footpath repaired
On Wharfe Drive a large pothole had appeared and the road was subsiding towards the kerb, causing large pools of water to collect. This meant that in wet weather, anyone unlucky enough to be walking along when a car passed got a drenching. This has now been fixed.
Wharfe Drive repaired
We are asking when the snicket barriers at the top of Carrfield are going to get a much-needed lick of paint. Funds to pay for this have been identified and approved from the 2015/16 Ward Budget.
Carrfield snicket barrier
Roadworks on the A64 being undertaken by the Highways Agency, which will lead to night time diversion of traffic for periods of time from January until May, get underway on Monday 4th January. A press release has been issued to announce the start of the work – see http://tinyurl.com/A64-works
The roadworks will start with replacement of the safety barriers on the bridge that runs over the River Ouse at Bishopthorpe. The A64 will be closed in both directions for five nights to install narrow lanes and protective barriers as part of the scheme. The A64 will then be closed again towards the end of February for three nights to remove the protective barriers.
From the end of March, work will start on replacing the main expansion joint on the eastbound carriageway. This work will be carried out overnight and will require full overnight closure of the eastbound carriageway between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday. The project is due to be completed in May.
When the night time road closures are in effect, local eastbound traffic will be diverted off the A64 up Tadcaster Road and then onto The Mount, Blossom Street and Nunnery Lane before going over the river and onto Fishergate and then onto the A19 through Fulford before rejoining the A64.
We understand that there will be diversion signs on the A64 at the A1237 junction (northern by pass) indicating that the A64 is closed ahead and the A1237 should be used for through trips, for example traffic heading to Malton and the east coast. This should hopefully remove a proportion of traffic that would otherwise end up being diverted up Tadcaster Road.
We would have liked to have been able to let local residents know about the Tadcaster Road diversion plans via our December FOCUS newsletter, but unfortunately we were not given advance notice of the plans.
So, in summary, our understanding is that the night time diversion of traffic from the A64 will be in effect as follows:
- Monday 4th to Friday 8th January inclusive
- At the end of February for three nights
- From the end of March until sometime in May
We are pleased to report that the ‘large patching’ work on Thanet Road and St Helens Road was completed last week, in line with the anticipated timetable.
Large patching work on Thanet Road
St Helens Road had become treacherous for cyclists in places due to the disintegration of the road surface, not helped by the frequent digging up of the road by various utility companies.