York Council claims it has no money to repair speed warning signs or lop trees on Wetherby Road
Work on the Wetherby Road roundabout is almost completed with no further road closures expected.
It has been revealed that the costs of managing the night time closure of the junction were over £39,000.
The Council recently also awarded a contract for the supply of clay for the project. The contract for the clay was valued at £50,000 (!)
Provision of a street lighting “passively safety scheme” at the junction cost £220,000.
These sums can be compared to the potential cost of a few thousand pounds to lop trees on Wetherby Road which are currently obstructing vehicle and pedestrian movements. The Council says that it does not have the budget to compete necessary tree work or reinstate the speed warning sign which has been missing for over 12 months.
Some landscaping work is expected to take place in 2019 at the Wetherby Road/A1237 junction before contractors move on to upgrade the next roundabout.
Telephonica and Vodafone have started an upgrade of their mobile phone network in west York.
The programme involves upgrading their local phone masts and base stations.
Local Councillors are being consulted on the changes.
One – on Acomb Wood Drive – has already been subject of some comment as the height of the mast is being increased significantly.
Most of the others are more simple equipment replacements which the companies say will improve 3G phone coverage in the area.
Cllr Andrew Waller is keeping an eye on the plans. He has already pointed out that the location of the phone equipment outside the Acorn Rugby Club car park on Thanet Road, obscures sight lines for those exiting. He hopes that any new equipment might be set back a little to address this issue.
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.
Work on Wetherby Road roundabout Overnight closures for 10 days
City of York Council will be carrying out surfacing works at the above said location commencing on Monday 19th November 2018 for a period of 10 days including Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting).
The works will be carried out between 8.00pm – 6.00am. The roads will remain open as normal outside the above hours.
There will be further works following on from this period but these will be carried out under lane closures and temporary signals with the A1237 and Wetherby Rd remaining open.
In order to carry out the works safely the use of a temporary road closure on the A1237 from the roundabout at A59 to the roundabout at Askham Lane and the closure of Wetherby Road from the junction of Beckfield Lane to the junction of Grange Lane (rural) will be necessary whilst works are taking place.
See plan below for location of closed off area which is shown in red.
Outside of working hours the road will remain open as normal.
Clearly signed diversion routes will be set out for local and through traffic . The closure is to ensure that adequate Health and Safety is maintained for both local residents, the travelling public and the Contractor. Site staff will be on hand to advise and assist residents about the access restrictions once the works are ongoing. Your assistance will be much appreciated.
Emergency services will be permitted through the works in any situation. Cyclists will be subject to the same traffic management as other road user vehicles.
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
A slightly revised layout at The Green/Wetherby Road junction is proposed in a Council report published this week
City of York council is set to invest £50k to improve or install new pedestrian crossings on several streets in York. These include
- a potential new zebra crossing on Heworth Green
- improvements to a central refuge on Wetherby Road near Danebury Drive
- pavement build-outs on Huntington Road near Lowther Street
- slight alterations to the crossing and link path on University Road opposite Heslington Hall
- improvements to the crossings on New Lane in Huntington either side of the Jockey Lane mini-roundabout
- provision of a new section of footway on Main Street in Copmanthorpe.
Several other sites will be improved using the city’s dropped kerb programme.
To view a full list of where all the proposed improvements will be made click here,
Officials have ranked the schemes in priority order according to the benefit achieved with Huntington Road at the top, followed by Wetherby Road, University Road, Heworth Green, New Lane and Main Street, Copmanthorpe. If approved, it’s recommended that the schemes are implemented in this sequence.
The Decision Session takes place on 12 July at West Offices from 2pm and is open to members of the public or is available to watch later online from: www.york.gov.uk/webcasts