Traffic signals to be upgraded on Walmgate junction

Walmgate Bar 1830 Traffic signals came later!

Ageing and outdated traffic signals at the Walmgate junction with the Inner Ring Road are set to be replaced in the New Year by City of York Council.

Works are estimated to take around six weeks to complete – between Sunday 6 January and Friday 15 February.

New, more reliable, traffic signals will be installed on the junction of Walmgate / Barbican Road / Foss Islands Road and Lawrence Street (Walmgate Bar). This junction was last refurbished in 2002.

Pedestrian crossing facilities will also be improved, by widening the islands and improving the cycle lane on Lawrence Street.  An early start signal for cyclists will also be installed, coming out of Walmgate Bar, to provide them with priority coming out of town.

As with any construction work, there is likely to be a certain amount of disruption. Residents are assured that everything reasonably possible will be done to keep this to a minimum. During most of the works, except when Walmgate is closed during the weekends identified below, all routes will be kept open. However, there will be lane closures on some approaches to the junction reducing capacity. Motorists should expect significant delays and plan their journey accordingly.

To help minimise this disruption and complete the works as quickly as possible, work will be carried out from 7.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The left turn from Walmgate on to Foss Islands Road will be prohibited during the works, diversion routes will be in place. Walmgate will be closed at the Bar on Sunday 6 January to allow for preliminary site works to be undertaken. Walmgate will also be closed on the weekends of 12 / 13 and 19 / 20 January to allow the works on the approach to be undertaken safely.

During the works it is anticipated that all bus services will operate as normal, however there will be delays when travelling through the junction.

When Walmgate is fully closed at the bar buses which normally use this route will need to be diverted.  Information regarding the diverted routes will be posted at www.itravelyork.info/

Temporary crossing points will be available at all times during the works to ensure that all pedestrian crossings that are currently available are maintained.  Traffic marshals will be on site between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week to assist with pedestrians crossing the road.

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 £2.620m over six years and will be funded through the capital programme budget and the existing Local Transport Plan budget.

Residents are urged to plan ahead, allow more time for journeys on these routes and to consider alternatives and to use public transport where possible. Bus services will be operating as normal for the majority of the works but passengers are requested to visit www.itravelyork.info/ for more information.

The works for Walmgate have been coordinated alongside the works for Stonebow, Fossgate and Pavement to minimise disruption and inconvenience, and at a time which the council understands is the quietest time of the year for businesses.

For information regarding the scheme during the works visit: www.york.gov.uk/walmgate

Frequently Asked Questions

What are we doing?

We will be refurbishing the junction of Walmgate / Barbican Road / Foss Islands Road and Lawrence Street (Walmgate Bar) by replacing the old outdated traffic signals with new, more reliable, ones. We’ll also be improving the pedestrian crossing facilities by widening the islands and improving the cycle lane on Lawrence Street by widening it.  We’re also going to be adding an early start signal for cyclists coming out of Walmgate Bar to provide them with priority coming out of town.

Why are we doing it?

The works are part of our Traffic Signal Renewal Programme which was approved in November 2015. This set out a plan with £2.62m funding to update many junctions across the city. This junction was last refurbished in 2002, therefore has outdated traffic lights. The update will see new equipment, which is cheaper to run and more reliable, installed.

When are we doing it?

Work will start on Sunday 6 January and is expected to take six weeks. To help minimise disruption and complete the works as quick as possible work will be carried out from 7.30am – 5.30pm. Work will also take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am – 3pm.

The left turn from Walmgate on to Foss Islands Road will be prohibited during the works, diversion routes will be in place. Walmgate will be closed on Sunday 6th January to allow for preliminary site works to be undertaken. Additional weekend closures on Walmgate will be in place, on Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 January and Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 January, in order to allow the works on the approach to be undertaken safely.

What is the impact on traffic during the works?

It’s likely that the work will cause significant disruption to traffic. We’re aiming to keep this to a minimum by working in phases to allow the junction to function as well as possible. However, residents, businesses and visitors are advised to expect delays.

What will happen to buses?

During this time it is anticipated that all bus services will operate as normal, however there will be delays when travelling through the junction.  When Walmgate Bar is fully closed buses will be on diversion.  We’ll post information regarding these diverted routes at www.itravelyork.info/

Will I still be able to cross the road?

Temporary crossing points will be available at all times during the works to ensure that all pedestrian crossings that are currently available are maintained.  Traffic marshals will be on site between 7pm and 7pm seven days a week to assist with pedestrians crossing the road.

What if I live or work in the area?

Access to all properties and businesses will be retained at all times but we ask that residents and businesses are patient and cooperate where possible We would like to apologise for any disruption that the works cause and ask that if you have any issues please speak to the staff on site and we’ll try to correct any issues straight away if we can.  Traffic marshals will be on site to assist.

What about alternative travel plans?

Residents are urged to plan ahead, allow more time for journeys on these routes and to consider alternatives and to use public transport where possible. Bus services will generally be operating as normal for the majority of the works but passengers are requested to visit www.itravelyork.info/ for more information.

What’s happening at Stonebow/Fossgate and Pavement?

Major reconstruction works on Stonebow, Fossgate and Pavement are taking place in the New Year to construct new roads on these routes. This may affect your journey times if you are travelling on Walmgate as traffic will be diverted via this route. Full details will be available closer to the start of the works at www.itravelyork.info

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