Road’s pros and cons

WHAT a surprise that Roger King should applaud the ring road (Letter, December 12) as he was involved in the planning, design and construction of the work.

I also have lived in Haxby for 30-plus years and recall very clearly the reservations that were raised at that time, the main one of which was the proposed two-lane highway for the northern section (the A1237).

It quite obviously should have been two lanes in each direction, as is the A64 to the south of York. Comparisons of the traffic flow on each of these sections at peak times highlights the problems we now face on the A1237 too frequently.

Yes, traffic conditions could well be worse now without the current setup. However, how much better could they have been had these planners taken into account factors which were quite obvious to ordinary road users at that time.

L Woodward, Oaken Grove, Haxby, York.

 

• ROGER KING told us (Letters, December 11) that the 25th anniversary of York’s A1237 should remind us that we’d be in chaos without it.

I have a great respect for Roger’s then professional role as a highway engineer. But while the road initially addressed existing congestion levels, it has since created chaos by stimulating many additional local journeys.

The effects of severance by the road on local communities outside it should also be recalled. Most non-motorised travellers who wished to cross it faced a traffic maelstrom. The only segregated crossings were at Haxby Road and Low Poppleton Lane, where local schools generated high cyclist counts.

Initially it ran through the territory of Ryedale District Council, which promptly encouraged large-scale retail development along the route.

York’s subsequent conversion to a unitary authority plus incorporation of the A1237 into its enlarged boundary, allowed the new City of York Council to introduce planning and land use policies that discouraged car dependency.

With grants, they were able to build more segregated crossings. We now have a cyclist and pedestrian underpass at Rawcliffe, one planned at the A59 intersection, plus centre refuges at Knapton and Foxwood Lanes. But other roundabouts deter cycling for local travel.

Perhaps history will record that the road became a victim of its initial success.

Paul Hepworth, Windmill Rise, Holgate, York.

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12:53pm Thu 13 Dec 12

goatman says...

The A1237 Northern 'Ring Road' is unfit for purpose. Just widening some of the roundabouts does not alleviate any bottlnecks, it simply moves them on. The worst roundabout must be the one closest to Tesco, where traffic heading from the A19 to shop at Clifton Moor brings the westward-moving vehicles to a standstill. To compound this poor design, anybody wishing to move their car from B&Q car park to elswhere on the Clifton Moor site also have to use this roundabout, thus adding to the misery.
On another point, I'd love to cycle from Wigginton to Clifton Moor to pick up the cycleway at Bumper Castle, but IMHO the Wiggy Road is unsafe to bike down, particularly at night. The edge of the road is potholed and it is not safe to ride further out in the road, leading to few cyclists daring to brave it, There are very wide grass verges from Wiggy to the A1237, surely these could be purchased and dedicated cycleways constructed.
The A1237 Northern 'Ring Road' is unfit for purpose. Just widening some of the roundabouts does not alleviate any bottlnecks, it simply moves them on. The worst roundabout must be the one closest to Tesco, where traffic heading from the A19 to shop at Clifton Moor brings the westward-moving vehicles to a standstill. To compound this poor design, anybody wishing to move their car from B&Q car park to elswhere on the Clifton Moor site also have to use this roundabout, thus adding to the misery. On another point, I'd love to cycle from Wigginton to Clifton Moor to pick up the cycleway at Bumper Castle, but IMHO the Wiggy Road is unsafe to bike down, particularly at night. The edge of the road is potholed and it is not safe to ride further out in the road, leading to few cyclists daring to brave it, There are very wide grass verges from Wiggy to the A1237, surely these could be purchased and dedicated cycleways constructed. goatman

4:19pm Thu 13 Dec 12

sheps lad says...

Well done Paul, another missive in your letter writer of the year attempt and not a bicycle in sight!
Well done Paul, another missive in your letter writer of the year attempt and not a bicycle in sight! sheps lad

9:41am Fri 14 Dec 12

old_geezer says...

sheps lad wrote:
Well done Paul, another missive in your letter writer of the year attempt and not a bicycle in sight!
But he's right, nevertheless.
[quote][p][bold]sheps lad[/bold] wrote: Well done Paul, another missive in your letter writer of the year attempt and not a bicycle in sight![/p][/quote]But he's right, nevertheless. old_geezer

4:40pm Fri 14 Dec 12

PKH says...

Initially it ran through the territory of Ryedale District Council, which promptly encouraged large-scale retail development along the route.


The largest development by far was by York City Council at Clifton Moor on the land occupied by the old Clifton Airfield being a brown field site, but Paul Hepworth always choose to ignore this as it does not suit his arguments.
[quote] Initially it ran through the territory of Ryedale District Council, which promptly encouraged large-scale retail development along the route. [/quote] The largest development by far was by York City Council at Clifton Moor on the land occupied by the old Clifton Airfield being a brown field site, but Paul Hepworth always choose to ignore this as it does not suit his arguments. PKH

4:58pm Fri 14 Dec 12

PKH says...

York’s subsequent conversion to a unitary authority plus incorporation of the A1237 into its enlarged boundary, allowed the new City of York Council to introduce planning and land use policies that discouraged car dependency.
But the former York City Council didn't did it, as Clifton Moor is far more car dependant than even Monks Cross
[quote] York’s subsequent conversion to a unitary authority plus incorporation of the A1237 into its enlarged boundary, allowed the new City of York Council to introduce planning and land use policies that discouraged car dependency. [/quote] But the former York City Council didn't did it, as Clifton Moor is far more car dependant than even Monks Cross PKH

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