Street ‘trapdoor’

Street ‘trapdoor’

Street ‘trapdoor’

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I CYCLE past the rising bollard in Stonebow every day.

It has not been in action this year so it allows traffic to flow freely from the Peasholme Green area towards Parliament Street.

If you are following a bus past the bollard you will not notice the small warning restricting access at the bollard (limited access between 8am to 6pm) or the CCTV operational signs, made more difficult to see during the dark mornings and early winter evenings. Passing the bollard before 6pm will cost you at least a £30 fine.

If you do pass the bollard after 6pm, into the bottom of Parliament Street following that same bus, you will not see the restriction into Coppergate, where access is an hour later from 7pm.

So even if you have legally passed the Stonebow bollard after 6pm, and motorists do, they are now trapped into thinking they can travel along Coppergate, but if they venture along Coppergate before 7pm that will also cost them £30.

This may seem a bit cynical on my part, but why would the council want to reintroduce the rising bollard in Stonebow while they are making a nice earner by luring unsuspecting motorists into the “Stonebow trapdoor”.

And like the victims of the trapdoor spider, once inside the trapdoor, there can be a nasty bite waiting.

Stefan Muszanskyj, Acomb, York.

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12:12pm Sat 1 Feb 14

pedalling paul says...

I recall reading that the rising bollard technology is being replaced by ANPR cameras.......
I recall reading that the rising bollard technology is being replaced by ANPR cameras....... pedalling paul
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2:11am Sun 2 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

pedalling paul wrote:
I recall reading that the rising bollard technology is being replaced by ANPR cameras.......
Will that also cover Pavement, or at least Whipmawhopmagate... as traffic often uses St Saviourgate to bypass the rising bollard.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I recall reading that the rising bollard technology is being replaced by ANPR cameras.......[/p][/quote]Will that also cover Pavement, or at least Whipmawhopmagate... as traffic often uses St Saviourgate to bypass the rising bollard. Magicman!
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11:33am Sun 2 Feb 14

yorkandproud says...

To be fair the city centre traffic arrangements are in a right old mess. What with different times you can and can't use certain roads. Bollards that don't work. Signs you can't see. Several years ago, the taxi drivers in York had to buy a gadget to make the bollard fall, now they don't even use it. Someone's not doing they job they are paid to do.c
To be fair the city centre traffic arrangements are in a right old mess. What with different times you can and can't use certain roads. Bollards that don't work. Signs you can't see. Several years ago, the taxi drivers in York had to buy a gadget to make the bollard fall, now they don't even use it. Someone's not doing they job they are paid to do.c yorkandproud
  • Score: 4

1:49pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Lunatic says...

There are ample warning on the approach to where the bollard is warning of restrictions. On the approach from Foss Bank, for example.

Not seeing the signs is not a valid excuse, in my opinion. It only demonstrates that you're driving without due care and attention.
There are ample warning on the approach to where the bollard is warning of restrictions. On the approach from Foss Bank, for example. Not seeing the signs is not a valid excuse, in my opinion. It only demonstrates that you're driving without due care and attention. Lunatic
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5:07pm Mon 3 Feb 14

sniper 9964 says...

As far as I am aware there are no ANPR cameras on stonebow.
As far as I am aware there are no ANPR cameras on stonebow. sniper 9964
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