Site clearance at Wetherby Road roundabout starts

Marks milestone in £38m scheme to reduce journey times on outer ring road

The start of a £38m scheme to reduce journey times on York’s Outer Ring Road move a step closer next week as site clearance works start at the Wetherby Road roundabout.

Public consultation on the design  of the new roundabout only finished on 2nd February. The results of the consultation have yet to be reported to any Council committee.

Nevertheless the Council have issued a statement saying, “It is the first of seven roundabouts on the Outer Ring Road set for major improvements, including wider entrances and exits and improved pedestrian and cycling facilities.

The council is undertaking site clearance work, ahead of the main construction planned to start in June, to avoid impacting on nesting birds.

This will include removal of existing hedges and saplings along the highway boundary to facilitate the widening of the roundabout and approach roads.

Replacement hedging and saplings will be planted along the line of the new highway boundary as part of the main roundabout construction scheme”.

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