Be ready for wintry conditions – “on line” map gives local salt bin and gritting details for York

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.service-map

 

Easiest way to find  out where your local services are is by accessing the above map which can be found at:

 http://localview.york.gov.uk/Sites/TranStreetCare/

Click i to see where your nearest salt bin issalt-bins-gritting-routes

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

Road works on Moor Lane in Acomb Park from next Tuesday

Essential resurfacing set to take place across York

RoadworksWork is set to take place on:

  • ·Moor Lane from 25 October for two days with work taking place from 9.15am – 4pm. A temporary road closure from the junction of A1237 Ring Road to the junction of Cairnborrow will be necessary whilst works are taking place.
  • Huntington Road from 24 October for five days with work taking place from 9.15am-4pm. A temporary road closure from the junction of Link Road to the junction of Brockfields Road will be necessary whilst works are taking place.
  • · Campleshon Road from 24 October for one day with work taking place from 9.15am till 11pm. A temporary road closure will be in place during working hours. A signed diversion route will be in place for motorists during this time.
  • · Bad Bargain Lane from 25 October for two days with work taking place from 9.15am-5pm Monday to Friday. A temporary road closure from the junction of Burnholme Drive to the junction of Meadlands will be necessary whilst works are taking place.
  • · · Low Green, Copmanthorpe from 27 October for two days with work taking place from 8am – 5pm. A temporary road closure will be in place during working hours. Throughout the works the cycle lane/footpath between Merchant Way and Low Green will be open to vehicle traffic. This will be managed using two way lights and safety signs to ensure the safety of all road users.
  • · Fulfordgate on 27 October for one day with work taking place from 8am-5pm. A temporary road closure of Fulfordgate will be in place during working hours. Residents are advised there will be no access or egress for vehicles during working hours except in emergencies.

As with any construction work, there is likely to be a certain amount of disruption. Residents are assured that everything reasonably possible will be done to keep this to a minimum, however motorists should expect some delays and plan their journey accordingly.

The contractor carrying out the work will be responsible for safety and providing pedestrian access at all times.

Survey camera ‘mystery’ solved

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.

Vehicle monitored doing 68 mph in Alness Drive 20 mph zone

In response to a Freedom of Information request, the York Council has published updated figures indicating the effect that the revised 20 mph speed limits have had on average vehicle speeds and accident levels.

The figures reveal that the new limits have had little or no effect on average vehicle speeds while some accident levels have actually risen.

The data updates that published in March 2015 which showed similar results.

The data covers the 20 mph wide area limit in western York implemented in 2013/14. The project cost £600,000 to implement and was widely criticised for failing to recognise that such limits were unenforceable and, in any event, would have a negligible effect on accident levels.

Opponents wanted the money spent directly on safety improvements at accident black spots.

On some 20 mph roads such as Alness Drive the maximum speed recorded this year has been as much as 68mph – well above levels seen before the speed limit change

Overall there has been a reduction of only 1.3 mph in mean speeds.
Accident levels in the area have increased from 62 recorded in 2012 to 78 in 2015

On a related issue, North Yorkshire police are to be asked to justify their decision to increase the number of mobile speed enforcement cameras vans to six.

The Police responded to an FOI inquiry indicting that they only held information relating to the total number of offences which had been recorded when a van visited a particular location. This information had been published on their web site for couple of years now.

The police also publish how they they are dealing with specific speeding complaints raised by members of the public (although there is a backlog). click here

However, it doesn’t provide a measure of how effective the vans have been in controlling vehicle speeds or in reducing the number of accidents on the roads being monitored.

The number of drivers exceeding the prevailing speed limit is only a crude reflection of the “success” of the cameras.  Changes in offender numbers may simply reflected changes in traffic volumes.

Against a background of increasing numbers of road casualty’s, residents need to be convinced that roads are now safer as a result of police investment.

A further request for the information is now being drafted.

Comparative vehciels speeds in west York pre and post 20 mph limits

Comparative vehicle speeds in west York pre and post 20 mph limit change

Road accident trends in west York

Road accident trends in west York

New cycle path takes shape

Progress is being made with the construction of the long-awaited cycle path linking the Revival estate (on the old College site) with the green lane path. The new path, which will run alongside the College playing fields, will provide residents with quicker and safer access to Bishopthorpe and the Knavesmire.

Nearly there!

Nearly there!

Construction of the path could not begin until the local newt population had been trapped and relocated.

Changes to York bus services from this weekend

Change Date   Service No.    Operator Brief summary of changes
28/08/16 11 Transdev Sunday service cancelled.
28/08/16 13 Transdev Sunday service cancelled.
28/08/16 16A Transdev Sunday service cancelled.
28/08/16 ZAP CityZap Friday night trips removed.
28/08/16 10 Transdev Reduced Monday to Saturday evening service. Sunday evening service cancelled.
30/08/16 20 Transdev Revised timetable and route shortened to: Rawcliffe – Clifton Moor – Haxby – Monks Cross/Heworth.
30/08/16 22
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23
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Transdev Revised timetable.
30/08/16 36
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Pullman York Pullman will start running these services to revised timetables.
04/09/16 14 First Sunday service cancelled.
04/09/16 19 Reliance Sunday service cancelled. Two extra Monday to Friday pm trips.
04/09/16 30 Reliance Revised timetable for school days trips and additional York College to Easingwold trip.
04/09/16 40 Reliance Additional pm school days only trip (Easingwold to Wigginton).
05/09/16 24 Arriva Revised timetable.
05/09/16 25 Arriva New service: Fulford – City Centre – Derwenthorpe.
05/09/16 26 Arriva Revised timetable (also see 26 First below).
05/09/16 26 First First will operate late night Friday and Saturday trips instead of Arriva.
05/09/16 27 Arriva Service cancelled.
05/09/16 627 Arriva Minor route and timetable changes.
05/09/16 637 Arriva Service runs later in both directions.
05/09/16 647 Arriva Service cancelled.
05/09/16 415
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Arriva The 00:05 Friday and Saturday night trips will not call at Barlby.
25/09/16 6 First Increased frequency of weekday trips from Clifton Moor during a.m. peak.
25/09/16 56 First Route changed to: University of York – Fourth Avenue – Exhibition Square.
25/09/16 66 First Revised timetable.
25/09/16 CB1
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First New timetable.

A64 roadworks get underway, diversions kick in

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

Road closedThe 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

Plan for chicane on Thanet Road

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The Council is consulting local Councillors on plans for accident reduction initiatives in the area. By far the most controversial is likely to be a proposal to introduce a chicane on Thanet Road outside Lidl.

The initiative was prompted by the 11 accidents which have been recorded on the stretch of road between the Gale Lane junction and St James Place. Four of these were due to children running onto the highway. All of the accidents were recorded as “slight” (i.e. no major injuries)

While chicanes do slow traffic, they are unpopular as they lead to increased congestion.

We think that the installation of guard rails would be a better idea.