Major congestion fears
City of York Council is reminding residents, businesses and visitors that work to upgrade the traffic signals at the Lendal Arch gyratory will start on Sunday 21 January.
Lendal Arch gyratory includes the junctions of Station Road, Station Avenue, Station Rise, Rougier Street and Lendal Bridge.
Due to the location and nature of these works, motorists should expect significant disruption. Whilst everything reasonably possible is being done to keep this disruption to a minimum, motorists should expect delays. We are advising motorists that regularly travel through this location to plan an alternative route where possible.
To help the junction function better there will be a full renewal of the traffic signal equipment. Changes will also be made to the pedestrian crossing facilities, including widening and realigning the crossing to make the area safer and better for the thousands of pedestrians who regularly use the crossing.
The pavement in the area will also be brought up to date and widened. Following this work the junction will be resurfaced.
James Gilchrist, assistant director for transport, said:
“Road users should expect some delays when travelling in and around York throughout the early part of the year due to a series of essential road maintenance schemes that are currently ongoing.
“In a bid to limit disruption, we have chosen this historically quiet time to upgrade several key areas of the road network. This includes improving the Lendal Arch junction and junction improvement works on the A19 at Crockey Hill. We’re also working alongside partners to coordinate other works at Germany Beck and utilities works in the Piccadilly and Pavement area of the city.
“We urge road users to plan their journeys and look at using alternative methods of transport where possible, including public transport, to reduce congestion and speed up journey times. Once again, we’re doing everything we can to minimise the short-term disruption while we improve the city’s road network.”
The work is expected to take ten weeks to complete, weather dependant. Work will take place seven days a week from 8am – 6pm with some evening work required throughout the scheme.
To keep disruption to a minimum the junction will be operating under temporary signals, and the council will manage the network to reduce delays. However, working on the highway and using temporary lights mean that delays are unavoidable. Drivers are asked to plan their journey carefully and leave plenty of time. Bus passengers are encouraged to visit www.itravelyork.info for more information on how the works will impact on their journey.
The resurfacing works will take place in mid-late April. Work will take place overnight. More information about the resurfacing road closures will be available in the coming weeks.
Other city centre road works, connected to the development at Stonebow Housescheduled for January have already started. These works will by carried out by utilities companies and include:
- 4-way temporary traffic lights at the junction of Piccadilly / Pavement for two weeks starting 8 January
- Outbound closure on Piccadilly between Pavement and Merchantgate for two weeks starting on 29 January
The five year traffic signal asset renewal programme was given the green light by the councillor responsible for transport and planning in November 2015 at a public meeting.
The total replacement programme will cost £2.62m over five years and will be funded through the capital programme budget and the existing Local Transport Plan budget.
Councillor Ian Gillies, executive member for transport and planning said: “This is one of York’s busiest junctions and the essential work will bring it up to modern standards and ensure that traffic can continue to be well managed on the inner ring road. These works continue our traffic signal renewal programme which ensures that signals at key junctions across the city are up to maintained to a high standard and working effectively. ”
For information about bus diversions during the works visit: www.itravelyork.info/