This won’t please many residents

Which roads will be resurfaced this year?

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The York Council has published a list of roads and paths which will be resurfaced this year. The £6.997 million budget includes £1.2 million for the replacement of aging traffic signals

There are separate programme lists covering drainage/gulley renewal (£900k) the City Walls (£376k) and street lighting (£644k)

However it is the resurfacing programmes that will cause most controversy.

It has been obvious for some years that the Council was not making sufficient provision in its budget to keep the highway network in a safe condition

The publication of the list of streets has already prompted Councillors to call for the publication of the grading given to each street in the City by highways inspectors (as was done until fairly recently).

Many parts of the City will see no resurfacing work at all over the next 12 months.

In Westfield the plans only include surface dressing part of the carriageway on Askham Lane and some street light replacements. The section of the B1224 between Beckfield Lane and Oak Rise, which mainly falls within the Acomb Ward) will be resurfaced. It is unclear how this work will complement the Councils recent decision to improve cycling facilities on this route.

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It is unclear how the Council has managed to under budget for this particular public service. Critics will point to the vast amounts of money borrowed to finance prestige schemes over the last few years. The interest charges on the borrowing is now restricting the amount available for repairs and maintenance budgets.

The detailed papers can be viewed by clicking this link.

The decisions on funding allocations were taking by officials at a behind closed doors meeting

NB. The Council has decided to renew the pedestrian crossing signals at the junction of Front Street and Green Lane. A report says, “

Director of Transport, Environment and Planning in consultation with Executive Member for Transport agreed to approve the works at the junction of Front Street and Green Lane, Acomb that:

  • Replace life expired traffic signal equipment and infrastructure
  • Refurbish the civil construction elements of the junction
  • Make minor alterations to the layout of the junction The reason for these works being to ensure that the junction can continue to be operated and to implement minor improvements that are not more significant than the core refurbishment works

No details of the “minor improvements” have been published.

Signals will be renewed on Fronts Street

Gas main replacement delays

Councillor are questioning the length of time being taken to replace gas mains on Holgate Road.

Although the works were supposed to continue over the Ester break there was little evidence of progress on the ground.

Long traffic queues developed on approaches to the works which are controlled by two way temporary traffic signals

Officials at the Council say, “The decision to grant works on Holgate road over the Easter period was taken due to up and coming major works in the area, eg station frontage, York central and the major scheme on Tadcaster road.

The works have a four week permit, any overrun after this period will impose  charges under Sec74 of the NRSWA which is very costly per day”.

As another bollard bites the tarmac, action is requested

We’ve asked for the bollard, which is located at the entrance to Fir Health Close, to be re-erected again. This must hold the record for the most frequently damaged bollard in York. Problems are usually caused by careless HGV drivers trying to reverse their vehicles into the shops delivery area. Possibly some sort of spring loading is required although, in the days of parking sensors and 360 degree cameras, it is a constant surprise just how many drivers manage to reverse into inanimate objects.

Its also time for the York Council to publish its annual list of roads and paths that are to be resurfaced during the year. There are several in the Westfield area which are long overdue for attention. This includes the footpath at the high numbered end of Askham Lane.

York – Selby cycle track closed near Riccall

Updates: 24/2/2022

The planned maintenance on this popular leisure cycle track has commenced

it means that there is no access to the route approximately 2 miles north of Riccall. The closure will last for about two months and will allow for -much needed – resurfacing work to take place

Anyone hoping to cycle along the river bank will need a boat. It is likely to be a couple of days at least before flood waters recede

River Ouse near Naburn

The Council have started to install lighting in the London Bridge “tunnel”.. This forms the start point for the cycle path and lighting was one of the improvement promised by the Council some three years ago.

The lighting will allow visitors to view more easily the Stone Age graffiti which is an enduring “charm” of this section of the cycle track.

Workers were today installing electrical connections in the Tadcaster Road tunnel

Bootham junction roadworks to improve cyclist and pedestrian facilities

From Monday 28 February, City of York Council will begin works on Bootham at its junction with St Mary’s to remove the existing pedestrian crossing and to introduce a new traffic signalised junction.

The works were previously announced to take place during January, however works were delayed due to supply chain issues.

The roadworks, which are expected to take approximately six weeks, will improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. The new junction will improve journeys to Scarborough Bridge and the railway station, as well as providing a signalled exit for vehicles from St Mary’s and reducing conflict at the junction.

The working hours will be 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Weekend working may be necessary but is not planned at this time. Traffic management will be undertaken using three-way temporary traffic lights.

Resurfacing will take place at the end of the period of work. This is currently estimated to take place in the week commencing 4 April. The work will be carried out by Tarmac and will be done overnight (7:30pm – 5:00am) to minimise disruption. It is usual practise that any loud activity be completed by 11pm.

The opportunity is also being taken to resurface the bottom section of St Mary’s at the same time, in advance of a pending scheme on Marygate Lane to provide a ramp access from St Mary’s to Marygate Lane.

Household collections to the affected areas will take place as normal.

Update: Stonegate scheme extended due to the condition of private cellars

Works to repave and resurface the footway on Stonegate will take longer than initially planned, due to issues found with the condition and structure of private cellars.

The scheme on Stonegate started on 3 January and was planned to be completed within 9 weeks.

As part of the scheme, up to 12 dropped kerbs will be installed where appropriate and possible to do so, with six already installed (there are some restrictions due to the locations of existing cellars). This includes a mix of renewing existing and introducing new dropped kerbs. If dropped kerbs can be placed directly opposite to each other, tactile paving will be installed too.

Working to ensure the scheme meets important conservation standards has been a fundamental part of these works.

Upon removing and relaying new paving, a number of privately owned cellars directly underneath the footways have been found to be in a very poor condition, which has impacted on the repaving scheme. It is the property owners who are responsible for the structures under the highway that support the footway.

More time is now required to ensure the new footway keeps its special character whilst being more resilient to future heavy use.

The council could not have anticipated the condition of these cellars in advance, as it was only when paving was removed could crews see the deterioration and poor condition of privately owned cellars.

The council is working with as many businesses and retailers as possible to ensure the least amount of disruption for them and also members of the public.

The works still include Stonegate, Church Street and Colliergate and continue to be split into three separate schemes. The revised dates are:

  • Stonegate: To be completed by 27 May, stopping for half term next week and 2 weeks during the Easter holidays to minimise disruption for businesses in busy periods
  • Colliergate: 3 January 2022 for up to 7 weeks
  • Church Street Phase 1: 28 February for 6 weeks until 10 April, stopping for 2 weeks during the Easter holidays. Phase 2: 25 April for 3 weeks

Retailers and businesses were given the opportunity to feed back at a drop-in session in November ahead of the scheme starting. Their feedback was taken on board and works will stop during the Easter holidays.

Letters will be hand delivered in the coming days to provide an update on the changes to the scheme.

Bootham junction roadworks to improve cyclist and pedestrian facilities

From Monday 17 January, City of York Council will begin works on Bootham at its junction with St Mary’s to remove the existing pedestrian crossing and to introduce a new traffic signalised junction.

The roadworks, which are expected to take approximately six weeks, will improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. The new junction will improve journeys to Scarborough Bridge and the railway station, as well as providing a signalled exit for vehicles from St Mary’s, reducing conflict at the junction.

The working hours will be 9.00am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday. Weekend working may be necessary but is not planned at this time. Traffic management will be undertaken using three-way temporary traffic lights.

Resurfacing will take place at the end of the period of work. This is currently estimated to take place in the week commencing 21 February. The work will be carried out by Tarmac and will be done overnight (7.30pm till 5.00am) to minimise disruption. It is usual practise that any loud activity be completed by 11.00pm.

The opportunity is also being taken to resurface the bottom section of St Mary’s at the same time, in advance of a pending scheme on Marygate Lane to provide a ramp access from St Mary’s to Marygate Lane.

Household collections to the affected areas will take place as normal.

Some progress to report in Foxwood

York Council engineers have returned to Foxwood Lane today to install the speed humps which were removed during resurfacing work a few weeks ago. The new humps are of the rubber type which are bolted into the road surface

A couple of weeks ago we reported weeds growing on the railing surrounding the Thanet Road Sports Area. Those on the Council maintained side of the railings have now been removed.

Best to avoid an evening drive to Malton if you can.

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National Highways is set to carry out essential maintenance on the A64 between Barr Lane and Claxton as well as part of Scotchman Lane.

The maintenance work will see both carriageways resurfaced, new road markings painted, road studs replaced, and drainage work.

The A64 will be closed in both directions between York and Malton for an entire month with work starting on Monday November 1 and is due to be completed in early December, weather permitting.

Drivers are advised to plan their route and allow for extra travel time as a 58-mile diversion will be in place, which has been agreed with police and North Yorkshire County Council, and will increase travel times by up to one hour and 30 minutes.

The official diversion route takes drivers heading west towards York off the A64 at Malton along the A169 to Pickering, along the A170 to Thirsk before joining the A19 south to York.

The road will be closed overnight from 8pm to 6am, Monday to Friday.

Richard Burgess, National Highways’ Project Manager, said: “This work is essential to keep the A64 in a safe, smooth condition for drivers.

“For the safety of roadworkers and the public, we’ll need to close the A64 in both directions between Barr Lane to Claxton overnight from 8pm to 6am, Monday to Friday.  A fully signed diversion via the A169 and A170 will be in place which has been agreed in advance with the police and local authority.

“The diversion route has been planned to consider the needs of local communities and will extend journey times considerably so we’re advising road users to allow more time and plan their journeys in advance.”