Changes to speed limits

The York Council is considering reducing the speed limit on some roads.

The proposals will be discussed at a meeting taking place next week. Some changes are recommended for approval

York may get its first “quiet lane”. Northfield Lane at Upper Poppleton is scheduled to get the designation as part of a plan to reduce vehicle speeds and install cycle lanes on what is a cul de sac.

The route is used by some commercial vehicles accessing the commercial areas. The number of cyclists using the lane to access the increasingly popular Knapton – Rufforth cycle track has increased in recent years.

Increased wear and tear on the infrastructure of the route has however become an increasing problem.

There is some irony in one of the other proposals. The 30 mph limit on the B1222 at Naburn will be extended to the intersection point at the junction with the York – Selby cycle path.(near the former railway bridge). This does make some sense as a 30 mph limit would also apply to the busy area around the entrance to the Marina. .

The report is, however, insensitive a=to the problem of poor sight lines from the cycle path access. Swathes haven’t been cut adjacent to the access points this year and it is currently impossible to see vehicles approaching whatever speed they may be travelling at.

Sight lines blocked at Naburn

Cycle facilities on the rest of the B1222 link to the Designer Outlet are fragmented although there is space for a shared use path along much of its length

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