New safety measures for busy Monks Cross road

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City of York Council is set to introduce a new cycle lane and crossing point on a busy route leading to one of York’s top retail and business destinations.

A new cycle/pedestrian route and toucan crossing point will be installed along part of Jockey Lane, leading to Monks Cross.

The scheme is part of a wider initiative to provide a continuous pedestrian/cycle route from York Business Park at Poppleton, to eventually link the route with the retail outlet at Monks Cross and taking in Clifton Moor and residential areas of Rawcliffe, New Earswick, and Huntington by creating an ‘Outer Orbital Route’ for pedestrians and cyclists.

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A1237 to become Toll road

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The Council has announced that the A1237 northern by pass is to become a toll road

Motorists will have to purchase a “pay and display” ticket as happens in other car parks.

The move has been made possible by increased congestion caused by road works and the closure of Lendal Bridge.

Mr I. B. Stuck commented that he hoped that a “pay by phone” option would be made available before his newly ordered camper van was delivered, by air, to the lay-by near Tesco.

“I’m looking forward to my holiday overlooking the River Ouse but I don’t want to have to get out to buy another ticket every time a wheel turns”.

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Council transport statistics click to enlarge

A Council spokesman said it was likely that Mr Stuck would remain stuck at least until the new A59 Park and Ride site opened in the spring.

The Council hopes to extend its pay and display scheme to cover the Hull Road, Fulford Road and Foss Islands Road all of which the spokesman described as “having potential”.

NB. The latest Council report on congestion levels has been published. Well actually it hasn’t. We are told that the figures for traffic volumes are being “cleansed” but will be available “towards the end of October”.

Today is the 1st November.

Council to spend £75,000 a year advertising the City at LB airport – but bus service link shelved

One of the stranger announcements made by the new Labour Council was a commitment to reintroduce a bus service link between York and Leeds/Bradford airport. This had been tried in the past but had attracted too few passengers to be economically viable.

The Council Leadership were warned.

12 months later and the service has not started but the Council is planning a £75000 a year advertising campaign at the airport.

No objective way of judging the success of such a broad brush advertising campaign have been found.

One of the first questions that any incoming airline passenger is likely to ask is how do we get to your City?

The only answer remains “by taxi” – with the promised rail connection also still at least 10 years away.