It’s around 4 years since the left luggage facility within York station was relocated.
As we reported in 2013, passengers face a challenging walk with heavy luggage to the new facility which is located near the Europcar Office on Queen Street.
We are pleased to report that the new luggage service operator (Autohorn Fleet Services) has gradually been improving facilities.
Details can be found on their website http://leftluggageyork.co.uk/ while they also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LeftLuggageYork/
Autohorn say that they have
- Moved the office slightly so it’s at a better angle for customers coming in and out of the office.
- Now have the facility to take card payments.
- Coned off our office from public walkways and driveways to ensure customers are kept safe (as the road can be very busy at certain times of the year)
- Sign posting has become more apparent for travellers from the York Station. Adding onto the addition of our huge ‘Left Luggage’ flat, we’ve got smaller signs pointing towards our direction.
- Multi-lingual signs to help aid foreign travellers within the city.
- Been working with Make It York we’re also placed in the various tourist maps to showing clearer directions as to where we are.
We do, however, hope that Autohorn and Virgin (who operate York Station) will continue to work to find a way of providing a direct route across the car park to the luggage office.
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
We are pleased to report that First bus have confirmed that a Sunday bus service connecting Woodthorpe with Askham Bar is to continue.
A revised service 500 will begin on 2 April. The bus will no longer go up Alness Drive & Acomb Wood Drive towards Foxwood, but will still serve the Moorcroft Road / Acorn Way / Ryecroft Avenue / Grassholme loop.
The 500 service will not terminate at Askham Bar but will travel through to the city centre, via Bishopthorpe and Bishopthorpe Road. Passengers boarding in Woodthorpe can however get off the 500 at Tesco and get on to the number 3 Park & Ride bus. The bus will be free for the first few weeks of operation, but after than normal fares will apply. The new timetable can be downloaded Here
The FREE Service 500, which links Woodthorpe to Askham Bar on Sundays, will continue until at least the end of March.
The service utilises electric buses whenever possible.
First York have announced a further extension to the free Sunday 500 service, which connects Foxwood, Woodthorpe and Bishopthorpe with Askham Bar. The service will continue to operate until 26 March. The timetable can be found Here.
It looks like we may get our first freeze of the winter shortly so we hope that residents will check that their local salt bins are full (and free from litter).
Its also a good idea to know which local streets are routinely de-iced by the “gritting” lorry.
Easiest way to find out where your local services are is by accessing the above map which can be found at:
Click i to see where your nearest salt bin is
Then click the fourth symbol along.
This will allow you to tick a box next to “primary” and” secondary” gritting routes. The primary gritting routes include most bus routes and are salted as a precaution when weather forecasts predict icy conditions.
You can find out whether the gritters are working by “following” them on twitter @yorkgritter
Residents may have noticed near the junction of Tadcaster Road and St Helens Road the appearance of a small box and a camera.
This equipment relates to the ‘Traffic Signal Asset Renewal’ (TSAR) project which is focused on replacing life-expired traffic signal installations. The junctions that are to be treated will be prioritised based on their age and condition, with the oldest and most unreliable junctions treated earlier in the programme,
The aim is to replace old equipment, not to revisit the fundamental operation of junctions or make significant changes to their operation.
The survey cameras are collecting traffic information so that when the new equipment is installed, the traffic plans can be implemented using up to date information.