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Work Continuing This Evening On New Bus Interchange In York

City of York Council

1:31pm 17th November 2014

The next stage of works will be to resurface the carriageway at the junction of Gillygate, Bootham and St Leonard’s Place, which have been scheduled to coincide with the interchange scheme.

Works start on the 17 November and are programmed to take up to five days to complete, working Monday to Friday between the hours of 7pm and 5am.

In order to carry out these works safely, a temporary full road closure of the junction and roads within the works will be required.

A signed diversion route will be in place and pedestrians will be escorted around the works area by traffic management officers.

It is not planned that the work will be carried out on weekends, however depending on the weather this may be required.

Bus services which travel along St Leonard’s Place or stop at Exhibition Square will be diverted to temporary bus stops. More detail is available on www.itravelyork.info and notices will be placed on site.  Bus wardens will also be on hand during busy periods during the works to provide advice to passengers.

Outside the proposed working hours the road will remain open as usual with no restrictions imposed. During this time vehicles may be required to run on planed surfaces with ramps and raised ironwork present.

In addition to the resurfacing, works are also being carried out at the bus stop directly outside the York Theatre Royal. This will include introducing a new kerb which will allow buses to dock easier, relocating the bus stop flags, widening the pavement by the colonnade of the York Theatre Royal and providing real time information screens. Works will take place from Monday 1 December for two weeks.

The works have been purposefully scheduled to take place when the York Theatre Royal is closed during the first two weeks of December for pantomime rehearsals to ensure there is minimum disruption. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times during the works.  

Cllr David Levene,Cabinet Member for Transport, said:

“Our aim is to regenerate the city centre, taking pride in its appearance and en suring its economy continues to thrive, and in this case to transform this part of the city into a high-quality cultural hub for York with improved amenities"

“Exhibition Square and the Theatre Interchange is a crucial location for a number of well-used bus services, but the environment at the Interchange is currently poor both for bus passengers and other pedestrians using the area. Through ringfenced bus-improvement funds as part of the Better Bus Area programme, as well as Reinvigorate York investment in the city centre, the council will make Exhibition Square a better place for residents, visitors, and commuters to use and enjoy.”

Frank Wood, Chair of the York Retail Forum, said:

“It is superb to see a previously, largely wasted area of road/pavement being renovated and, with strategically placed furniture, will provide a very visitor-friendly chill out spot. The land was not really of use to the buses and was certainly not beneficial to pedestrians, now it will have a defined area for the traffic and will give a sense of openness and width to this important area of the city.”

John Carr, Chair of York’s Quality Bus Partnership, said:

“Exhibition Square is a focal point both for regular travellers and for visitors to York. This imaginative scheme will improve facilities for bus users, reduce delay to buses and with other work for Reinvigorate York enhance the square’s appearance.”

As with any construction work, there is likely to be a certain amount of disruption and inconvenience but 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 resurfacing work will be Lafarge Tarmac, , who will be responsible for site safety.

The bus interchange at Exhibition Square is a key location for many bus services for residents, visitors and people living in rural areas to the North of York, handling around 750,000 bus passenger journeys a year.

The scheme will include works to improve the area for passengers, pedestrians and cyclists by creating more waiting space for passengers, new bus shelters, improved seating, real time information screens and a new on-road cycle lane. The scheme started on 15 September and is due to be completed by mid December.

Works to carry out the improvements will be funded through part of the government’s Better Bus Area Fund programme, £3.5m of which was awarded to City of York Council by the Department for Transport in 2012. The scheme will also be supported by the Reinvigorate York initiative.

To find out more about York by Bus visit www.itravelyork.info/

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