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Road Improvements Proposed for Three Areas of York


4:47pm 12th February 2013

Road improvements have been proposed for three areas of York.

A report outlining proposals for a highway improvement scheme around Bishopthorpe Infant and Archbishop of York’s Junior school has been put to Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Travel, Planning and Sustainability at a decision session meeting.

The report follows a consultation with the local community, councillors, parish council and the police, with the proposed changes allowing the schools to encourage more sustainable journeys to and from school by improving conditions for walking and cycling.

The proposals include enhancing the current 20mph limit by personalising the existing signs with a road safety themed design to make them more noticeable, and removing some of the duplicated school warning signs to de-clutter the area.

In order to increase visibility of Bishopthorpe Infant school to drivers, proposals would see the existing warning sign with flashing amber lights; which is located midway down Sim Balk Lane relocated prior to the Infant School, along with a new school sign on the verge close to the entrance and the ‘school keep clear’ markings will be refreshed.

The scheme is included in the Safe Routes to School block of the Transport Capital Programme for 2012/13 and is estimated to cost in the region of £12,000 including fees, which is in line with the amount originally budgeted for.

The report recommended that Cllr Merrett approve the implementation of the proposed highway improvements.

Improved road markings and signs on Haxby Road, New Earswick could be introduced to help reduce the number of accidents near to the mini roundabout at the junction with Link Road.

City of York Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, Cllr Dave Merrett has today (12 February) agreed that there will be improved signs and road markings on Haxby Road and Link Road to make the road layout clearer.

The improvements have been designed to reduce the number of accidents in an area which is deemed an “accident cluster site”. Improvements will see more visible warning signs andadditional road markings on Haxby Road which are proposed to guide drivers away from the kerb line and segregate cyclists from other vehicles where they emerge from the existing cycle bypass.

The scheme also includes cycle symbols to remind drivers to look out for cyclists and vegetation will also be cut back to make the street lighting more effective.

Councillor Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability said: “It is crucial that we reduce the number and severity of accidents around the mini-roundabout on Haxby Road. The improved road markings and signs should benefit both drivers and cyclists on Haxby Road.”

The scheme would be funded through the Safety Scheme block of the transport programme for 2012/13 and could be finished by the end of the financial year. The improvements will cost approximately £8,000, less than the £10,000 initially budgeted for.

A scheme to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians in the Clifton Moor area of the city has today been given the green light.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability has approved plans to link up key business, retail and residential areas in this part of York.

A number of safety measures will be carried out to improve access and visibility for road users, including: the introduction of new footways and new on-road cycle lanes, zebra crossings, road markings, new kerb lines and improved crossing access on roundabouts.

Proposals to introduce a shared-use path and zebra crossing between the two main retail areas, to connect Wickes and Dunelm Mill stores, are also being developed.

Cllr Dave Merrett, said, “The Clifton Moor retail area attracts approximately 6million visitors every year and supports 6,000 employees, but there is a lack of appropriate pedestrian, cycle and public transport routes. Introducing easier and safer access for pedestrians and cyclists will address the current deficiencies, and provide a positive alternative way to sustainably get around this important employment, retail and leisure area. ”

The scheme will cost £105,000 and will be funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), made possible by £4.6million of government funding which the council successfully bid for in 2011.

Ward Members, the Parish Council, local businesses and relevant road user organisations were all consulted on the proposals.

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