Chance to comment on plans to reduce outer ring road congestion
Residents and businesses have until Friday 2 February to comment on designs to upgrade the outer ring road’s Wetherby Road roundabout – one of seven roundabouts on A1237 and part of a £38m programme of improvements set for the next four years.
The roundabout upgrades will mean more lanes and space on the approaches and exits, and improvements for pedestrians and cyclists. “Where possible” the road layouts will be designed to accommodate a potential future scheme to bring the outer ring road up to dual carriageway standard.
The Wetherby Road roundabout improvement works are planned for early Summer in 2018, although some site clearance work could start earlier.
Plans can be viewed online at www.york.gov.uk/yorr, at the council’s West Offices on Station Rise, YO1 6GA, or at two special public exhibitions at Acomb Explore Library on Front Street, YO24 3BZ on Thursday 18 January and Monday 22 January from 3-7pm
All comments will be reviewed and changes to the design made where possible. The decision on the final layout will be taken at a public Executive Member for Transport and Planning Decision Session meeting in March 2018.
The news comes as West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Investment Committee met to discuss the project and approve the progress of the £3.6m first phase of roundabout improvements earlier this week. Full programme funding is coming through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1bn package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
The Council web site says
“The roadworks are expected to last approximately 9 months, beginning in early Summer 2018, although some site clearance work could start earlier.
The plans for all roundabouts are based on providing:
- 3 lane entries on ring road approaches to roundabouts
- 2 lane exits when leaving roundabouts to continue on the ring road
This creates an ‘increase in junction capacity’ similar to the changes recently made at the A1237/A59 and A1237/A19 junctions.
Where possible we’re also looking to upgrade pedestrian and cycling facilities at all 7 roundabouts. For Wetherby Road we are exploring upgrades to the existing public rights of way network, to link Rufforth to Knapton, Northminster and Oakwood Business Parks, Acomb and the city centre, via the existing A1237 underpass near Knapton.
Comment on proposals for Wetherby Road improvements
Send us your views, raise issues and tell us your concerns about the proposed improvements at Wetherby Road, between 8 January and 2 February 2018:
Alternatively you can write to the ‘York Outer Ring Road Major Projects Team’.
We’ll review all comments and make changes to the plan where possible – the decision on the final road layout will be made at a public Executive Member for Transport and Planning Decision Session meeting, in March 2018.
The need for roundabout improvements
The existing congestion on York’s outer ring road:
- leads to longer journeys and poor journey time reliability
- limits the efficient movement of people and vehicles
- encourages motorists to travel through the city centre
- results in higher congestion levels and poor air quality in city centre
Once improvements are complete at all 7 junctions the benefits will be:
- reduced congestion
- improved traffic flows
- improved journey times to the north of the city
- traffic encouraged out of the city centre
- use of ‘strategic highways’ with managed traffic flow
Each roundabout upgrade will reduce journey times in the immediate area. The road designs in this scheme are a step towards making the outer ring road roundabouts dual carriageway standard, and also towards accommodating anticipated Local Plan development.
Construction stages and duration
Upgrades to 7 roundabouts on York’s outer ring road will be completed within a 4 year programme.
The Wetherby Road roundabout is the first to be improved because:
- it’s a straight forward design
- the location has lesser impact than other roundabouts
- it will be easier to get to the construction stage
During the construction period localised delays inevitable, however we will:
- try to minimise disruption to local residents, businesses and the public
- aim to keep noise, vibration and disruption to nearby properties as low as possible
- keep road closures to an absolute minimum and for short periods of time
- maintain access for emergency vehicles at all times
Further updates relating to construction site activities will be provided before work commences and will continue during the project.
Cllr Ian Gillies, executive member for transport, said :
“This is a really significant investment which will make journeys easier and quicker on the ring road, as well as preparing us for the ultimate goal of dualling.
“I would encourage residents to comment on the proposed Wetherby Road roundabout design and be involved with conversations about the other roundabouts as the details are developed over the next year.”