St Helens Road pedestrian crossing beacon to be upgraded

St Helen’s Road among those to be upgraded.

The Council is to upgrade the Belisha Beacons at 14 pedestrian crossing sites in York

New beacon design

A report says,

“There are 43 zebra crossings across the city and outlying villages. A
zebra crossing is required by law to have a black and white striped pole
with a flashing yellow globe on each side of the crossing. If there is an
island in the middle, additional beacons may be provided as considered
appropriate. For years this equipment remained fairly standard, but in
the last decade new products have come onto the market using high
intensity light emitting diodes (LEDs) to enhance the conspicuity of
the globe.
In recent years 9 zebra crossings have been upgraded to high
conspicuity units as part of road safety schemes. Feedback on these
has been very positive. The remaining 34 crossings have equipment of
variable age and condition”.
The new design id promised to eb more visible with diodes lastingt longer than older type.

The work is expected to be completed before the end of January.

Cycle parking boost

Some progress has been made to address the lack of cycle parking provision on Tadcaster Road, with the installation of a cycle hoop outside the shops at the junction with Slingsby Grove.

There remains no cycle parking outside the Post Office. With a new café set to open up next door, the need for some cycle parking here is even greater. We will press the case for some investment here.

Mixed news on double yellow lines

At a Decision Meeting on 14 September, the council’s Executive Member for Planning & Transport, Cllr Ian Gillies, approved the installation of double yellow lines at a number of locations. These measures will now be advertised, with the opportunity for residents to object if they wish to.

The report that sets out the proposed double yellow lines is available Here. The locations where double yellow lines were approved are:

  • Junction of Cherry Lane and St Edwards Close (see map below)
  • Junction of Ainsty Avenue and Mayfield Grove
  • Junction of Nelsons Lane and Breary Close
  • Moorcroft Road, from the doctors surgery to first junction with Bramble Dene

However a number of additional schemes which local ward councillors had supported were turned down:

  • Moor Lane, near the entrance to Chapmans Pond
  • North Lane, near junction with Jervis Road
  • Junction of Acorn Way and Wharfe Drive
  • Moorcroft Road, in front of the dentists

Cllr Ann Reid spoke at the meeting to ask Cllr Gillies to include these additional schemes, but to no avail.

 

Improvements at “left luggage” office at York Railway Station

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.

Changes planned for Tadcaster Road/St Helen’s Road junction

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 same meeting will also consider a report following the presentation of a petition asking for carriageway repair works on The Horseshoe

 

 

Big programme of highway resurfacing works announced for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe area

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

Bracken Road Carriageway Dringhouses £81,000
Middlethorpe Grove Carriageway Dringhouses £137,000
Little Hob Moor Cycle path Dringhouses £1,750
Acomb Wood Close Footpath Dringhouses £4,000
Alness Drive Footpath Dringhouses £27,000
Ashbourne Way Footpath Dringhouses £5,000
Deveron Way Footpath Dringhouses £14,000
North Lane Footpath Dringhouses £7,000
Old Moor Lane Footpath Dringhouses £7,120

The full list of streets which will receive attention can be viewed by clicking here

Good news on Woodthorpe Sunday bus service

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