A wise decision

York Press: A wise decision A wise decision

I’VE reached the age of ‘what might have been’.

In 1972 a Compulsory Purchase Order was made for the acquisition of dozens of houses and businesses on the route of the proposed inner ring road between Lord Mayor’s Walk and Scarcroft Road.

Work was due to start in 1974. Most of Gillygate was bought by the council at rock bottom- prices. We were one of the few residents who held fast. After all the anxiety and concern, it was not to reach completion. Would it have been an improvement, it almost happened?

PS: See booklet published by the Yorkshire Evening Press, price 7s 6d Lord Eshers York ‘A Study in Conservation’ dated 1969. There is quite a history to all this!

Beryl Lockwood Acacia Grove, Haxby, York.

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2:47am Sun 23 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

The 1970's 'ring road' idea would have been a disaster... the earlier 1930's/40's idea was a much better one as it would have given brand new roads and junctions not controlled by traffic lights, the roads would have been 'broadways' with a green central reservation, and between the ring road and the city walls would have been a green belt of open common land right the way around the city. The 1970's idea was to use the same roads we have now (except for Lendal bridge, instead traffic would have crossed the river on a 1970's concrete bridge from Marygate area to Leeman Road), but made much wider and still traffic-light controlled junctions.... basically more or less like what we have now but without as many historical old buildings on either side of the roads concerned.
The 1970's 'ring road' idea would have been a disaster... the earlier 1930's/40's idea was a much better one as it would have given brand new roads and junctions not controlled by traffic lights, the roads would have been 'broadways' with a green central reservation, and between the ring road and the city walls would have been a green belt of open common land right the way around the city. The 1970's idea was to use the same roads we have now (except for Lendal bridge, instead traffic would have crossed the river on a 1970's concrete bridge from Marygate area to Leeman Road), but made much wider and still traffic-light controlled junctions.... basically more or less like what we have now but without as many historical old buildings on either side of the roads concerned. Magicman!
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12:59pm Tue 25 Mar 14

ZachCohen says...

Wasnt there also a plan to have a northen connecting route which would go all the way from Water End>Water Lane>Kingsway North> Burton Green> Across Wiggington Road(railway line)>past Nestle> across Haxby Road and even extend over to Huntington Road?
Wasnt there also a plan to have a northen connecting route which would go all the way from Water End>Water Lane>Kingsway North> Burton Green> Across Wiggington Road(railway line)>past Nestle> across Haxby Road and even extend over to Huntington Road? ZachCohen
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