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.
Construction of the path could not begin until the local newt population had been trapped and relocated.
We’ve reported detritus, weeds and litter on the cycle path near the Tesco roundabout.
Detritus on cycle path
There are problems are at the underpass (near the park and ride site). It has its fair share of graffiti and litter.
Happily the underpass walls themselves are currently free of graffiti
On a recent visit to York College Ann, Stephen and Ashley raised the issue of the ‘missing link’ in the cycle track that will connect Tadcaster Road with the Green Lane.
The link currently comes to an abrupt halt at the bottom end of the Revival development, on the old College site.
Environmental consultants have been commissioned to survey the area where a path would potentially go, as the area is an established newt habitat. The outcome of the survey will determine which alignment the path will take and what time of year would be best for the construction to cause minimum disturbance to the wildlife.
Once there is clarity on the wildlife issues and best route, it should be possible to proceed with construction as the funding has already been secured.
The College has also confirmed that it expects the building work currently taking place on site to be completed in August.
Calls for system overhaul
With yet another major York Council project falling behind schedule, and hopelessly over budget, there are growing calls for a review of project management processes in the City.
Poppleton Bar Roadworks delays
The latest budget overrun is reported on the A1237 Haxby – Wigginton cycle path. As well as major delays the project will now cost over £1.3 million compared to a budget of £700,000.
A Liberal Democrat spokesman said,
“It is time re-introduce regular project updates to the Councils monitoring committees.
Any significant delay – or cost overrun – of more than 10% must trigger a formal report in future.
We’d also like to see more openness in reporting with regular updates being posted on the Council’s web site”
As well as the cycle path, projects which would be subject to review include:
The Press are reporting that the Green Council Group Leader has now decided that there are questions about the Lendal Bridge trial which do need to be answered publicly. Despite voting last week against an Inquiry, he is apparently now saying that the Council’s Chief Executive should be asked to account for the mistakes at a “governance” committee meeting.
NB. The Lendal Bridge situation is also likely to be discussed at the Council meeting which is scheduled to be held on 11th December.
Cycle bridge to be installed – Unfinished cycle route saga to end?
Improvements to the much criticised cycle path built on the A1237 near Wigginton may be coming to a conclusion.
The York Council has published the following legal notice.
Notice is hereby given that City of York Council, not less than 7 days from the publication of this Notice, intends to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 prohibiting vehicles from proceeding in A1237 York between its junctions with Wigginton Road (B1363) and Haxby Road (closed road) during the period commencing at 1900hrs on the 15th day of November 2014 and ending at 0700hrs on the 20th day of January 2015 (works period) or at time when new Haxby Cycleway Bridge installation works being undertaken by crane operations from the closed road have been completed whichever is the earlier. This is to ensure that the said works can be carried out safely. It is envisaged that the prohibition will only be put in to place, between the following times and dates:
- 1900hrs on Saturday 15th November 2014 till 0800hrs on Sunday 16th November;
- 1900hrs on Sunday 16th November 2014 till 0630hrs on Monday 17th November;
- 1900hrs on Monday 17th November 2014 till 0630hrs on Tuesday 18th November.
An alternative route for diverted traffic will be available via Wigginton Road, Mill Lane, The Village, York Road, Haxby Road and vice versa. Traffic signs/barriers will indicate the extent of the prohibitions.