Safer Blossom Street
1:12pm 7th December 2011
Alterations are about to make one of the key gateways into the city safer for all road and pavement users while minimising delays for drivers.
Besides improving traffic flow, the works on the Blossom Street corridor are also part of City of York Council’s commitment to enhance the city centre.
Focussing on Blossom Street and Holgate Road and their junctions with The Mount and East Mount Road, the main features will include:
- Full replacement of old traffic signals with new modern equipment
- Partial resurfacing of the carriageway and widening of the footway on the corner of Holgate Road
- Pedestrian crossings to be widened and modernised, incorporating on-crossing detection
- Inbound and outbound cycle feeder-lanes on Blossom Street
- Inbound cycle lane on Holgate Road which starts at the Iron Bridge
- Inbound bus stop outside the Reel Cinema to be extended and a new shelter introduced on the outbound bus stop (for bus numbers 3 and 4)
- New stop-line and signals (inbound only) on Holgate Road near to Holgate Villas to prevent a bottle-neck, but which will not affect capacity
- No change to number of traffic lanes.
Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for City Strategy said:
“These works aim to get York moving by improving access to the city for all: pedestrians, cyclists, bus passengers and car drivers. Evidence shows that a more free-flowing city improves the business prospects, air quality, safety and quality of life for all.”
Consultation on the plans and approval was secured in 2010 and the work is scheduled to start in the New Year, most likely during February or March 2012. Full details of the planned improvements are available at www.york.gov.uk/council/consultations/current/blossomst/
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