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
22X
23
23X
Transdev Revised timetable.
30/08/16 36
X36
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
416
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
SS1
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.

 

Christmas bus services in York

“Free” Park and Ride from some sites on Boxing Day

All Services
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[5]Additional buses from:

  • (1) Wigginton at 0607, 0633, 0725 /
  • Chapelfields at 0625, 0655 /
  • (5/5A) Strensall at 0620 /
  • Acomb at 0620, 0650 /
  • (11) Bishopthorpe at 0703 /
  • Ashley Park at 0753 /
  • (12) Foxwood Lane at 0635, 0725 /
  • Monks Cross at 0658, 0728
Park and Ride
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Click for full timetable

[6] Free buses on 3, 7 and 9 running every 15 minutes, calling at all stops: York Boxing Day timetable

New parking restrictions for Mayfield Grove and Wains Road

The Council has published a report reviewing parking arrangements at several locations in the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward.
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The decisions, for four roads in the area which had been reported for action, were:

  • E1 – Ullswater/Acorn Way – Agreed no action to be taken.
  • E2 – Aintree Court/Mayfield Grove – Agreed to advertise no waiting at any time restrictions on Mayfield Grove for 10m either wide of the Aintree Court junction, plus 25m into Aintree Court.
  • E3 – Bramble Dene – Agreed no action to be taken.
  • E4 – Wains Road/Chaloner’s Road – Agreed to advertise no waiting at any time restrictions for 10m both sides of the junction.

Click the link below for details:

York Police to clamp down on cyclists without lights

Bike lights

City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police have joined forces to relaunch a successful scheme aimed at keeping cyclists safe this winter.

 As the nights draw in, officers will be targeting cyclists in York who cause a danger to themselves and others by cycling without lights during hours of darkness in the morning and evening.

City of York Council has funded high-visibility rucksack covers and small sets of emergency cycle lights, which will be offered to cyclists who are stopped by North Yorkshire Police.

Not everyone stopped by officers will be entitled to the lights – they will be handed to young people and other vulnerable people who would otherwise have to walk home if they were forced to continue their journey without lights. Officers will continue to issue tickets for cycling offences if necessary.

 

The campaign ran for the first time last year, and was well-received by cyclists and parents of young people who received the lights and reflective covers.

 

St Helen’s Road closed on Friday 20th November for road work – buses rerouted

Location: Bus 4 St Helen’s Road
Cause: Roadworks
Responsibility:  
Dates: 20 Nov 2015

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St. Helen’s Road Closure Friday 20th November closed 0900-1600

during CYC highways works on the above date.

Service 4 will divert via Chaloner’s Rd, Moor Lane, and Tadcaster Road in both directions.

Stops not served;

all stops on Eason view, St Helens Road

Additional stops served;

all stops on diversion route.

Where next with flashing speed signs

The Council says it is reviewing the use of Vehicle Activated Signs.

These signs, which typically flash the prevailing speed limit to approaching vehicles, were introduced in York about 10 years ago.

Flashing speed signs  indicating those that are afulty

Flashing speed sign locations indicating those that are faulty

York locations where speed is a concern  Click to enlarge

York locations where speed is a concern Click to enlarge

They are now seen across the country with many now using a system which alerts drivers to their actual speed.

Sadly the Council has not maintained the signs in York and several have not been working for months.

Those that are faulty include the sign on Wetherby Road on the outbound carriageway. This was a problem location with the blind bend making it potentially hazardous for drivers reversing into their driveways.

A report to a meeting next week identifies £50,000 which will be used to repair the faulty signs. The signs have had some success as anyone, who watches vehicles approaching an illuminated sign, will see brake lights being applied by speeding drivers.

List of street where layout changes are proposed. Click to enlarge

List of street where layout changes are proposed. Click to enlarge

We think that a trial, where the actual speed of the vehicle is displayed, should be implemented  in the City.

There is also now a “smart” sign available which records the actual speed of passing vehicles (but not the identity) which would give traffic engineers valuable information about behaviours but without the need to set up special equipment.

Another  concern is the suggestion that the signs may only be installed “where an accident has been reported in the previous three years.”  

Whereas accident locations should get priority for signs and camera enforcement, we believe that sites where a proportion of vehicles exceed the 30 mph limit, would also justify maintenance of the signs.

The report proposes action to reduce speeding at 16 sites.  Most involve low cost lane marking changes. A complete list of detailed proposals for all locations can be viewed by clicking here

A list of sites to be reassessed – which includes Green Lane and Askham Lane – can be viewed by clicking here

There are three roads – including Moor Lane in Woodthorpe and two roads in Copmanthorpe – which have acknowledged speeding issues which have still to be addressed