Day time only operation now proposed. Concessions for moped riders.
A report on the Low Poppleton Lane spy camera controversy has been published. We pointed out two months ago that the number of motorists caught by the Number Plate Recognition cameras seemed to be disproportionately high.
Over 2500 drivers (now increased to over 3300) had been caught misusing the “bus gate” in just 5 months. The Council is currently pocketing around £30,000 a month in fine income.
Motorists contacted us to say that the signage was unclear (from the Boroughbridge Road direction). It was a problem for drivers of high cab mobile homes (there is a caravan site nearby). Others claimed that Sat Nav systems didn’t recognise the restriction.
We asked that the report reviewed these issues and that a survey of offenders be undertaken to try to understand why so many were ignoring the restriction.
The report fails to address these fundamental questions.
The Councils own consultation exercise found that most respondents were opposed to the bus lane, many saying that it was unnecessary since the sugar factory had closed, while others pointed to additional mileage, and risks encountered, by using the northern by pass.
A meeting next week is being recommended to introduce revised hours of operation. The restriction will apply only between 7:00am and 7:00pm.
In addition, powered two-wheel riders will be allowed to use the road as may taxi drivers. The latter two changes would bring the restriction into line with other bus lanes in the City.
Any revision would be introduced on a trial basis, raising again the question of whether Sat Nav systems would be updated to reflect the restriction.
Officials say that revised road markings have been introduced by there remains a suspicion that the Council has not yet got this right.
The York Council is set to abandon its plan to remove the mini roundabout on Wigginton Road at its junction with Fountain Street.
Most respondents to a consultation exercise said that the mini roundabout was essential for drivers wanting to turn right at the junction.
There has been some scepticism about the plan which is aimed to reduce bus journey times past the hospital by 90 seconds in the AM peak.
The Council will, however, press ahead with a reconfiguration of the Wigginton Road/Haxby Road junction.
The changes are expected to cost around £200,000
A copy of the report can be read by clicking here
New Wigginton Road/Haxby Road junction plan
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
Following yesterdays appeal by residents living in Welborne Close for improvements to roads and footpaths in their area, people living in Hope Street have added their voices to the campaign.
In the City centre street, which lies close to Walmgate, parts of the carriageway have worn away with the surface of the road now turning to dust. This is particularly dangerous for cycle and moped riders.
Footpaths also have become a patchwork of temporary reinstatements.
The Council will be considering its budget plans for next year shortly and campaigners will be seeking a substantial increase in allocations for road and footpath resurfacing across the City.
Residents and businesses now have an extra week to give us their views on proposed plans to improve Fossgate, on of York’s most loved and vibrant shopping streets.
People have until midnight, Sunday 21 October to tell us their thoughts on the plans. They can do this by visiting www.york.gov.uk/fossgate or in the foyer at West Offices.
Fossgate is set for a £500,000 investment, and the council wants your views on measures to enhance and attract more visitors to the vibrant, distinct street in the heart of York.
Earlier this year, the council changed the direction of traffic along Fossgate, significantly reducing the amount of through-traffic along the street.
The council has been engaging with businesses, residents and the wider city to refine the plans which include:
- Relaying the road surface and repaving the Yorkstone paths, replacing any tired or broken parts
- Creating more attractive junctions at both ends of Fossgate, and widening the narrow footpaths at the Pavement end
- Introducing new wider ‘built-out’ sections and street furniture like bike stands, benches and possibly trees
- Introducing new ‘speed tables’ and crossing points
You can view the proposals and have your say online at www.york.gov.uk/fossgate or in the foyer of West Offices, Station Rise, YO1 6GA