Cllr Andrew Waller has today handed a petition to the City of York Council asking them to address speeding concerns on Wetherby Road.
The move comes only a few days before work at the nearby roundabout junction with the A1237 is due to reach its final stages. Residents are concerned that the easier access to and from the roundabout will result in higher speeds in the built-up area.
About twelve months ago a flashing speed warning sign was removed form the road. The petition calls for it to be reinstated and the Police mobile camera van to pay occasional visits to the street.
When the flashing sign was working around 39% of passing vehicles trigger it, suggesting that there was already a speeding issue on the road.
Some residents have suggested that any new sign should display the actual speed of the passing vehicle. This type of sign has proved to be effective in neighbouring counties in reinforcing the speeding message to motorist.
The petition will now be considered by the Council prior to a report and recommendations for action being published.
The North Yorkshire Police have published updated statistics which reveal the speed of vehicles using roads in York. The figures have been derived from automatic equipment which has been deployed over the last 4 years. Usually the sites for the equipment have been selected following complaints raised by members of the public.
The stats are separate from those collected by the speed camera vans which are sometimes deployed in the area. The request for the data was partly prompted by a concern that the speed vans weren’t concentrating their time on roads with poor accident records.
250 roads have been checked in the York area during the last 4 years.
Information covering the results for the whole of North Yorkshire can be downloaded by clicking this link
The information for the monitoring equipment was routinely reported to a York Council meeting until 2015. The process was centralised in North Yorkshire thereafter and largely fell out of the public gaze.
The published information shows the mean speed and the 85%tile speed recorded on each road. The latter figure is the speed that 85% of vehicles drive within. It is most commonly used by professionals to decide whether a road has a speeding problem. (Vehicles exceeding that limit could include emergency vehicles)
The stats also record the number of accidents – where speed is an issue – recorded on each road.
There are several conclusions which can be drawn from the data:
- A 30-mph speed limit is observed by most drivers using roads in the urban area
- 20 mph speed limits are not being observed although on those roads there have been no speed related accidents while mean speeds generally remain below 30 mph. The only monitored road with an 85% speed of less than a 20 mph limit was St Johns Walk
- The only roads where there have been speed related accidents, and where drivers were routinely exceeding the speed limit, were North Lane (Huntington), Jockey Lane (Huntington), Heworth Green, Intake Lane (Acaster Malbis) Osbaldwick link Road, York Road (Naburn) and Huntington Road (nr Cats Protection office). Accident prevention works have subsequently taken place at some of the these sites.
- Of the roads with speed issues in the York area, during the early autumn, the speed camera vans visited Millfield Lane (Poppleton), Strensall Road (Huntington), the Monks Cross link road, Temple Lane (Copmanthorpe) and Tadcaster Road in Dringhouses. However, the vans spent most of their time on the A64 and A59.
Overall the figures suggest that excessive speeding is not a problem on most monitored roads in the City.
Speed related accidents are also relatively low. In the City, since the beginning of 2017, there have been 5 serious injuries caused by speeding vehicles plus a further 13 accidents which were classified as “slight”.
The York Council would be wise to reintroduce a regular public monitor of the statistics and the action taken to reduce the possibility of accidents in the future.
They could usefully begin by reinstating the missing speed warning signs (VAS) on streets like Wetherby Road.
The Wetherby Road roundabout improvement is on course to meet its expected Spring 2019 completion date. In total the improvement will take around 40 weeks to construct.
Wetherby Road speed sign missing for over a year now
The design of the improvement has raised concerns that the speeds of vehicles leaving the junction may be higher than are currently recorded.
In turn, that has prompted some residents on Wetherby Road to ask for the missing flashing speed warning sign to be reinstated. The sign on the odd numbered side of the road has been missing for over a year now. When it was last in place, around 20% of passing vehicles caused it to operate.
A petition is being collected asking for the flashing signs to be modernised. Residents are also calling for an occasional visit by the North Yorkshire Police speed camera van. There are already signs in place warning that there are speed cameras in the area (there aren’t any fixed cameras in this location or anywhere else in York for that matter).
Nearby York Civic Trust engineers have confirmed that they will complete the restoration of the stonework on the Acomb War Memorial before 11th November.
A Service of Remembrance is scheduled to take place then with wreaths being laid at around 11:00am.
The York Council has not yet confirmed that it will complete work on trimming trees and branches in the garden of remembrance before the service. Work on providing an improved access for disabled people is also outstanding.
Bogus speed camera sign on Wetherby Road
Work on Wetherby Road roundabout proceeding on schedule
Acomb war memorial
Legal Action Promised.
Fly posters advertising a Fair at ROKO Health Club
The York Council has taken action to remove posters which were illegally fly posted across west York.
The posters advertised a Fair taking place at ROKO
Officials say that 40 posters have been removed and that they plan to take legal action against those responsible.
The posters had caused particular concern because they were attached to street furniture using sellotape which is difficult to remove.
Council officials say that they have removed over 40 posters.
They ask that if a resident sees any others which have been missed that they report them.
A Freedom of Information request has been lodged with the Council asking them to reveal how many prosecutions for fly posting have been undertaken during the last 3 years.