The request was eventually turned down with the York Council claiming that the bridge was structurally unable to accommodate the change.
The focus then turned to the existing – quite narrow – path which is shared by both cyclists and pedestrians. It was pointed out that both over and under-growth reduced the path, in places, to a single file. There was a quick win available if the Council moved quickly cut back the vegetation.
In July the Council said that it wouldn’t do so immediately, but that the work would be done as part of its routine maintenance programmes.
We’ve heard that one before! Cyclical maintenance regimes are a thing of the past, so we submitted a Freedom of Information request which asked where residents could view these maintenance schedules. Armed with that information taxpayers would at least know when to expect the maintenance teams to arrive.
But no reply has been received despite that request being well beyond the legal date by which a response should have been sent.
Meanwhile, the position of pedestrians and cyclists using the bridge has not improved. There is still a lot of overgrowth.
In addition, the access path surfaces are beginning to subside with several potentially hazardous cracks having appeared on the section near the Park and Ride site
It looks like officials are not encouraging the casual use of the expensive new pitches which have been provided near Sim Balk Lane. They were intended as a replacement for facilities lost at Lowfields through building works.
A couple of youngsters were kicking in today but the goalposts have been taped up to prevent use.
It is a real shame that more couldn’t have been done during the school holidays on what is a hugely expensive development. The lastestimatewas over £1.7 ,million with over a £1 million coming from taxpayers
The final bills aren’t in yet with long outstanding work on the cycle path access still to start. This is now expected to begin in September…
In the meantime, this part of the York – Tadcaster cycle path is badly overgrown. Graffiti is a continuing major issue at London Bridge.
We reported overgrowth that was obstructing the York to Tadcaster cycle track on a couple of occasions over the last couple of months. It is a recurring problem each year and is a particular problem near the Pike Hills golf course. That particular section became impassible for wheelchair users a couple of weeks ago.
National Highway Yorkshire have now removed the blockages. Sight lines have also been cut back.
Hopefully the problem locations will be put on a routine cutting schedule next summer.
Predictably, last week, work on several cycling improvements were shelved. Preliminary studies found some schemes (which, in truth, always looked to be a triumph of optimism over hard facts) to be either impractical or unaffordable.
Among them was the – worthy – proposal to widen the path across the river and railway on the A1237 near Poppleton.
The path is currently a shared use facility for much of its length although cyclists are advised to dismount when crossing the bridge itself. There is room for two cyclists to pass but HGVs can come intimidatingly close to users of the path.
Councillors in Rawcliffe argued for the project to continue in some way and the executive Councillor for Transport asked for a feasibility study to be undertaken on a stand alone bridge.
This seems to be an unlikely way forward.
The widened path at Scarborough Bridge in the City centre took 6 years to get off the drawing board and cost over £4.4 million. ….and that was for a joint use path which only crossed one river.
A route from the A 59 to Shipton Road, incorporating a stand alone bridge, could cost around £10 million. That is far beyond the transport budgets which are likely to be available in the near future.
Clearly there is scope for better signage on the route, but the most immediate improvement would be a relatively inexpensive one.
The path is currently obstructed by thorn bushes and nettles at several points.
It would seem to be sensible to prioritise cutting back the undergrowth to maximize the width of the existing path.
Indeed many will feel that this should be done routinely by the Council at vulnerable locations like these.
The weather means that more paths are becoming overgrown. There has been a longstanding issue on the Rufforth – Knapton cycle path near the tip where there has been an obstruction for several months. That has now been cut back by volunteers today.
Elsewhere on the path nearer Rufforth, the section which is maintained by the York Council, has been overgrown by brambles. These branches can be particularly hazardous for cyclists as they extend at eye height. We reported them to the Council. for attention.
We believe that the York Council must put into place and inspection and basic maintenance regime on all its cycle network.
A different kinds of problem on Knapton Lane (below) where tree detritus is now blocking the drainage gulleys
Better news on Wetherby Road where the resurfacing work has been completed. Only refreshed white lines now outstanding
NB. A small amount of rainfall is expected over the weekend