Dim view

First published in Letters by

IN THE interests of safety, anyone tempted to visit Lendal Bridge to admire the solitary illuminated seahorse and five flashing lights would be well advised to arm themselves with a torch.

The temporary light which was at the top of the steps leading from Esplanade to Lendal Bridge has now expired, leaving a treacherous descent. In August I was told that the ornate light which used to be there was “being refurbished as part of the Reinvigorate York programme and would take six to eight weeks”. Despite two reminders and no replies it is still missing.

In addition, there are unlit lights on Lendal Bridge and in Museum Street which have not been working for several months, and now unlit lamps outside the station. Perhaps the money which the council has found for the lights in Stonegate would have been better used in first getting the lights working elsewhere in the city.

Mrs S Galloway, Stirrup Close, York.

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9:27am Sat 24 Nov 12

Buzz Light-year says...

Maybe some of York's residents aren't proficient enough to use the current lighting system to negotiate our streets?
Maybe some of York's residents aren't proficient enough to use the current lighting system to negotiate our streets? Buzz Light-year
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10:10am Sat 24 Nov 12

Oaklands Resident says...

For people with poor eyesight the current situation is particularly hazardous.

When the Council started to replace lampposts it described the project as the “biggest change to street lighting since Victorian times”.

No one explained then that the plan was to return to pre Victorian standards of illumination.

Even where the work has been completed there are pools of light interspaced with areas of darkness. It is bad on Gale Lane and even worse on Front Street. Both are busy streets.

Something has gone seriously wrong with this project.
For people with poor eyesight the current situation is particularly hazardous. When the Council started to replace lampposts it described the project as the “biggest change to street lighting since Victorian times”. No one explained then that the plan was to return to pre Victorian standards of illumination. Even where the work has been completed there are pools of light interspaced with areas of darkness. It is bad on Gale Lane and even worse on Front Street. Both are busy streets. Something has gone seriously wrong with this project. Oaklands Resident
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11:38am Sat 24 Nov 12

YSTClinguist says...

Bring your own light? I thought the argument had failed with car drivers wanting all pedestrians to be lit up at night so they didn't represent a hazard to their gas guzzling, Earth polluting ways?
Bring your own light? I thought the argument had failed with car drivers wanting all pedestrians to be lit up at night so they didn't represent a hazard to their gas guzzling, Earth polluting ways? YSTClinguist
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3:28pm Sat 24 Nov 12

pedalling paul says...

In order to descend, you must surely use the steps in the opposite direction to that quoted.....ie Lendal Bridge to Esplanade!
In order to descend, you must surely use the steps in the opposite direction to that quoted.....ie Lendal Bridge to Esplanade! pedalling paul
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4:36am Mon 26 Nov 12

Magicman! says...

The light in question on Museum Street that is unlit has a new column and lantern in place and is waiting for the utility company to pull its finger out and come along to connect the live underground cable to the new column. I believe that some of the lights on Lendal Bridge are out of action because they were fed from a column on the approach to the bridge, a column which was removed because it was unsafe.

I have been down Gale Lane and Front Street in the dark and found nothing wrong with the lighting. The white light along Gale Lane is a nice improvement to the orange light previously, and allows road markings and colours to stand out more clearly. Perhaps if somebody cannot see the road properly now, the issue might not be with the lighting but with the person.
The light in question on Museum Street that is unlit has a new column and lantern in place and is waiting for the utility company to pull its finger out and come along to connect the live underground cable to the new column. I believe that some of the lights on Lendal Bridge are out of action because they were fed from a column on the approach to the bridge, a column which was removed because it was unsafe. I have been down Gale Lane and Front Street in the dark and found nothing wrong with the lighting. The white light along Gale Lane is a nice improvement to the orange light previously, and allows road markings and colours to stand out more clearly. Perhaps if somebody cannot see the road properly now, the issue might not be with the lighting but with the person. Magicman!
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