Road Safety Fears in Barlby
6:55am 20th March 2013
(Updated 12:21pm 20th March 2013)
People in Barlby say lorries are ignoring diversions and going through their village. It's led to safety fears as two schools lie on the main road.
It comes as North Yorkshire Council spend 1-point-8 million pounds upgrading a roundabout on the A19/A63 junction.
Bill Gabb lives in the village and is being woken up by the lorries.
The county council say traffic issues settle down after the first week of changes but it's monitoring the situation.
North Yorkshire County Council says that the £1.8 million roundabout, currently being constructed at the A19/A63 junction at Barlby and Osgodby near Selby, is designed to improve safety at this notorious black spot - a staggered cross-road with hazardous right hand turns.
They add that the A19 carries over 33,000 vehicles along this stretch in a day and a roundabout at this very busy junction is designed to improve safety for right turners and also decrease speeds on the A19 to aid motorists coming from the A63 in Osgodby and Highfield View in Barlby.
North Yorkshire County Council say that the programme for the construction of the roundabout is set to last for 22 weeks with 10 weeks of that time being a full road closure. This was the preferred option after the county council carried out a full consultation with the local community and businesses.
The county council say it and its partners, including North Yorkshire Police, are making every effort to ensure that diversion routes are used correctly and to prevent speeding.
North Yorkshire County Council say that there are two diversion routes, one which goes through Barlby, but this is weight restricted. The second diversion route, they add allows HGVs to access the M62 on A163 through Cliffe to A63, then Howden M62 to Goole, A645 and finally A1041 into Selby. This is a 40 mile journey, say the council.
Bulletins continue to be issued to freight transport and haulage associations nationally so they are aware of the additional mileage and can plan alternate routes, say North Yorkshire County Council. They add that in addition matrix signs alerting traffic to the A19 / A63 junction closure will be placed on the A64.
North Yorkshire County Council say that historically, it is proven that traffic issues caused by a major road closure settle down after a week or so as motorists either seek alternate routes or amend their normal routines to accommodate disruption and delays. However, they add, the county council will continue to monitor the effect of the closure so that disruption to local communities is kept to a minimum.
A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said:
“North Yorkshire Police is aware of the concerns of local residents while the diversion route travels though Barlby and other villages in the Selby area. Road safety is a major priority for the force and both our Roads Policing Unit and Safer Neighbourhood Teams are treating the area as a priority route, carrying out regular patrols and will take action against anyone caught breaking the speed limit or driving dangerously.
“The route is also subjected to monitoring by North Yorkshire County Council to check the behaviour of all road users and ensure the safety of everyone including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
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