Some parking restrictions expected
The City of York Council will start work week commencing 26th February 2018 to reconstruct the footway shown on the plan below. This scheme is programmed to take 2 weeks, weather permitting.
The work consists of excavating the current tarmac surfacing, laying two new layers of tarmac and reconstructing tactile crossing points where required. Parking will be suspended during working hours.
The Council has finally got round to removing the self seeded bushes which blocked sight lines from the bus shelter on Askham Lane. The bushes had grown to the point where the footpath was being impeded in summer. Now the original hedge around the field should be able to reassert itself.
Following work by Cllrs Sheena Jackson (pictured) and Andrew Waller several potholes on Foxwood Lane were filled in by workmen this morning.
Sheena with the potholes that she reported
Workmen filling in potholes today
Anyone for a shower?
There are still too many blocked drainage gullies in parts of York. This mornings rain demonstrated the scale of the problem with flooding at the bottom of Hamilton Drive East a particular hazard. There were similar if less spectacular problems on Nigel Grove and Foxwood Lane. All have been reported for attention
Foxwood Lane among those to be upgraded.
The Council is to upgrade the Belisha Beacons at 14 pedestrian crossing sites in York
New beacon design
A report says,
“There are 43 zebra crossings across the city and outlying villages. A
zebra crossing is required by law to have a black and white striped pole
with a flashing yellow globe on each side of the crossing. If there is an
island in the middle, additional beacons may be provided as considered
appropriate. For years this equipment remained fairly standard, but in
the last decade new products have come onto the market using high
intensity light emitting diodes (LEDs) to enhance the conspicuity of
In recent years 9 zebra crossings have been upgraded to high
conspicuity units as part of road safety schemes. Feedback on these
has been very positive. The remaining 34 crossings have equipment of
variable age and condition”.
The new design is promised to be more visible with diodes also lasting longer than older type.
The work is expected to be completed before the end of January.
Crossing sites to be upgraded
The Toucan crossing at the junction of Kingsway West and Thanet Road has been completed and is working.
Unfortunately the Council didn’t take the opportunity – when plant was in the area – to resurface the hammerhead on Kingsway West which is very uneven and represents a hazard for cyclists.
The change coincides with the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit outside the Lidl store
Sadly the Council has also failed to upgrade the bollard on the Foxwood lane cycle path approach to the crossing. The wooden bollard has been a source of complaint for several years. It lacks effective reflectors and, during foggy weather or on dark nights in heavy rain, it becomes virtually invisible for cyclists. The expectation had been that the council would either remove the bollard altogether or at least replace it with one that could be seen at night.
Bollard is a danger when visibility is limited.
Much needed repairs on the link from Askham Lane to The Green are scheduled to take place on 16th/17th October
Askham Lane/The Green roadworks planned
Meanwhile, not for the first time, we have reported excessive litter near the Foxwood shops bus shelter (below).
Foxwood Lane bus shelter 28th September 2017
Ageing traffic lights at the junction of York Road with Carr Lane and the Thanet Road crossing near Foxwood Lane are set to be upgraded next month. Work will start on both sites on Monday 2 October.
The lights at the junction of York Road and Carr lane will be fully refurbished. The crossing will also be widened to better meet current safety standards.
The Thanet Road crossing near Foxwood Lane will see the separate pedestrian / cyclist crossing replaced with a shared Toucan crossing. The footpath and cycleway near to the crossing will also be relayed.
Local safety scheme work will also take place alongside this including installing a raised traffic table which will be added to the crossing along with speed cushions in the area to help reduce the speed of vehicles using the road.
Work at the York Road crossing will take place between 7.30am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday and 9 am – 3pm on Saturdays. Evening work will take place on Monday 9 October and Thursday 12 October from 6pm – 11pm. Three-way traffic management will be in place at the junction during the works. Full access will be retained to all properties during construction.
Work at the Thanet Road crossing will take place between 7.30am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday and 8am – 3pm Saturdays. Traffic management will be in place at the junction of Thanet Road / Foxwood Lane during the works. A controlled crossing will be provided during construction to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road safely.
Thanet Road will be closed between Foxwood Lane and St James Place on 22 October for the installation of the raised traffic table. Additional road closures will be in place on 6 and 7 November to install the speed cushions.
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, however buses that normally use this street will be diverted and motorists should expect some delays and plan their journey accordingly.
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.
For information about bus diversions during the works visit: www.itravelyork.info/
Last Thursdays decision meeting considered a large number of proposed changes to parking restrictions in the City. The results have now been published by the Council click here
A large number of representations were made by Councillors and residents who attended the meeting. These included Westfield Councillors Sheena Jackson and Andrew Waller
Foxwood Lane junction
Changes to parking restrictions on Foxwood Lane (Bellhouse Way high numbered end) junction, Cranfield Place (outside community centre) & Morrell Court (junction) were considered by Cllr Ian Gillies. He declined to make major changes to the existing arrangements. However, he did agree to;
- move the street name sign at the junction of Bellhouse Way and Foxwood Lane
- provide white bar road markings to protect the access to four driveways at the entrance to Cranfield Place
The Foxwood Residents Association will discuss the issues at its meeting on Wednesday.
It is likely that they will ask that Councillors pursue;
- In the case of the Foxwood Lane junction, the provision of an off-street lay-by at this location which will have the effect of pulling parked vehicles back from the sight line &
- In the case of Cranfield Place, it is suggested that portable parking cones be provided for use (by event organisers) at the Foxwood Community Centre on the carriageway outside the front door. It is suggested that these might be supplemented by a “please use car park to rear” sign which could be attached to the boundary wall.
The meeting also declined to introduce parking restrictions at the junction of Askham Lane and Vesper Drive.
However, the Council’s Assistant Director is to write to the police in relation to taking action against obstructions caused by vehicles on grass verges (and regarding devolution of powers – which would allow Council enforcement staff to take action on issues like these).