Here’s an idea for new York bridge

York Press: Would Marygate be a good place for a new bridge in York? Would Marygate be a good place for a new bridge in York?

FURTHER to the closure of Lendal Bridge, if the council wishes to permanently close this bridge, perhaps it should consider opening another.

A fairly reasonable site would be from Marygate to the car park of the postal sorting office, which may have a limited life due to the business being transferred to Leeds.

This would entail a certain amount of road alterations. These would include the installation of a roundabout in Bootham at the end of Marygate, with heavy vehicles continuing along Bootham to the A1237, light traffic from Gillygate, with a suitable weight limit, turning left to go over the new bridge.

On arriving at Leeman Road from the bridge, traffic would turn left, then bear right (as now), to a new roundabout at the Station Road, Leeman Road junction, thus avoiding the necessity for traffic lights, and ensuring a free flow of traffic, also reinstating the right turn from Leeman Road to the station, with private cars from the station direction, turning left here to access the Marygate bridge via the new roundabout.

Rougier Street traffic from the station would continue to use the right-hand lane as now, with the ‘bus lane’ starting at the entry to Station Road and continuing to the traffic lights in Exhibition Square.

Unfortunately this suggestion does not alleviate the vehicular pollution of Gillygate, but better minds than mine can suggest a solution.

The result of this would be that Exhibition Square, St. Leonard’s Place, Museum Street and Lendal Bridge would be free of private vehicles, only being used by public service vehicles, taxis and cyclists.

R Hutchinson, Sherwood Grove, York.

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1:41pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Firedrake says...

Well at least this a positive contribution to the debate for once! I don't know how well it would work, but R Hutchinson has clearly thought seriously about it ... which is certainly commendable.
Well at least this a positive contribution to the debate for once! I don't know how well it would work, but R Hutchinson has clearly thought seriously about it ... which is certainly commendable. Firedrake
  • Score: 4

1:52pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Waspish1 says...

Has this letter writer actually driven down Marygate, because at the Bootham end near the Minster Inn the road isn't actually wide enough for two vehicles to pass each other.
Has this letter writer actually driven down Marygate, because at the Bootham end near the Minster Inn the road isn't actually wide enough for two vehicles to pass each other. Waspish1
  • Score: 17

2:53pm Wed 23 Apr 14

aa42john says...

Hmmm! I'm not sure we need a new bridge.

But we do need a free in-town shuttle that runs round the main spots in town.

And whatever happened to the idea of a foot-bridge near City Screen? That could reduce foot and cycle-fall on Lendal Bridge.
Hmmm! I'm not sure we need a new bridge. But we do need a free in-town shuttle that runs round the main spots in town. And whatever happened to the idea of a foot-bridge near City Screen? That could reduce foot and cycle-fall on Lendal Bridge. aa42john
  • Score: 15

3:38pm Wed 23 Apr 14

pedalling paul says...

aa42john wrote:
Hmmm! I'm not sure we need a new bridge.

But we do need a free in-town shuttle that runs round the main spots in town.

And whatever happened to the idea of a foot-bridge near City Screen? That could reduce foot and cycle-fall on Lendal Bridge.
A really useful cycle and pedestrian bridge has been mooted in the Leeman Road area in the past, as part of the Teardrop site development. Not sure where that lies at present.
Unfortunately the existing roads that lead to any new motor vehicle bridge would simply become overloaded.
The concept of "letting traffic flow" seems to bizarrely suggests that the Council has a duty to try and accommodate every motor vehicle owner who chooses to try and access the City centre. One word..... impossible!
[quote][p][bold]aa42john[/bold] wrote: Hmmm! I'm not sure we need a new bridge. But we do need a free in-town shuttle that runs round the main spots in town. And whatever happened to the idea of a foot-bridge near City Screen? That could reduce foot and cycle-fall on Lendal Bridge.[/p][/quote]A really useful cycle and pedestrian bridge has been mooted in the Leeman Road area in the past, as part of the Teardrop site development. Not sure where that lies at present. Unfortunately the existing roads that lead to any new motor vehicle bridge would simply become overloaded. The concept of "letting traffic flow" seems to bizarrely suggests that the Council has a duty to try and accommodate every motor vehicle owner who chooses to try and access the City centre. One word..... impossible! pedalling paul
  • Score: 8

4:27pm Wed 23 Apr 14

BL2 says...

pedalling paul wrote:
aa42john wrote:
Hmmm! I'm not sure we need a new bridge.

But we do need a free in-town shuttle that runs round the main spots in town.

And whatever happened to the idea of a foot-bridge near City Screen? That could reduce foot and cycle-fall on Lendal Bridge.
A really useful cycle and pedestrian bridge has been mooted in the Leeman Road area in the past, as part of the Teardrop site development. Not sure where that lies at present.
Unfortunately the existing roads that lead to any new motor vehicle bridge would simply become overloaded.
The concept of "letting traffic flow" seems to bizarrely suggests that the Council has a duty to try and accommodate every motor vehicle owner who chooses to try and access the City centre. One word..... impossible!
Utter rubbish again. Traffic flow needs to be improved - the current measures make things far worse than a "free for all"!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aa42john[/bold] wrote: Hmmm! I'm not sure we need a new bridge. But we do need a free in-town shuttle that runs round the main spots in town. And whatever happened to the idea of a foot-bridge near City Screen? That could reduce foot and cycle-fall on Lendal Bridge.[/p][/quote]A really useful cycle and pedestrian bridge has been mooted in the Leeman Road area in the past, as part of the Teardrop site development. Not sure where that lies at present. Unfortunately the existing roads that lead to any new motor vehicle bridge would simply become overloaded. The concept of "letting traffic flow" seems to bizarrely suggests that the Council has a duty to try and accommodate every motor vehicle owner who chooses to try and access the City centre. One word..... impossible![/p][/quote]Utter rubbish again. Traffic flow needs to be improved - the current measures make things far worse than a "free for all"! BL2
  • Score: -28

4:32pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Pinza-C55 says...

York has enough bridges. Don't encourage the council to waste any more money. If you want a bridge, build it out of Lego.
York has enough bridges. Don't encourage the council to waste any more money. If you want a bridge, build it out of Lego. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -3

5:16pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Tug job says...

Waspish1 wrote:
Has this letter writer actually driven down Marygate, because at the Bootham end near the Minster Inn the road isn't actually wide enough for two vehicles to pass each other.
Exactly. What a ridiculous suggestion by the letter writer. Such a scheme would require the demolition either of many houses, some of which are listed, or of St Olave's Church and a section of city wall dating from Roman times.
[quote][p][bold]Waspish1[/bold] wrote: Has this letter writer actually driven down Marygate, because at the Bootham end near the Minster Inn the road isn't actually wide enough for two vehicles to pass each other.[/p][/quote]Exactly. What a ridiculous suggestion by the letter writer. Such a scheme would require the demolition either of many houses, some of which are listed, or of St Olave's Church and a section of city wall dating from Roman times. Tug job
  • Score: 11

7:30pm Wed 23 Apr 14

roy_batty says...

Dear God..... NO!

This is one of my favourite spots in York, why would anybody want to ruin it?
On a lovely summers day all the residents and tourists would be robbed of a beautiful part of our fair city!(its beautiful all year round as far as i am concerned)
To all the people in York who are not happy with the way the city is, please move to Birmingham or London, because its obvious you would be better suited to a city with numerous bridges and overpasses!

Your's N.I.M.B.Y.
Dear God..... NO! This is one of my favourite spots in York, why would anybody want to ruin it? On a lovely summers day all the residents and tourists would be robbed of a beautiful part of our fair city!(its beautiful all year round as far as i am concerned) To all the people in York who are not happy with the way the city is, please move to Birmingham or London, because its obvious you would be better suited to a city with numerous bridges and overpasses! Your's N.I.M.B.Y. roy_batty
  • Score: 18

12:48pm Thu 24 Apr 14

bolero says...

PPs got his auditor's pen out again.
PPs got his auditor's pen out again. bolero
  • Score: 0

3:26pm Thu 24 Apr 14

pedalling paul says...

bolero wrote:
PPs got his auditor's pen out again.
Oh no I haven't.......!!
[quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: PPs got his auditor's pen out again.[/p][/quote]Oh no I haven't.......!! pedalling paul
  • Score: 12

9:41am Fri 25 Apr 14

pinkbatgirl says...

This was exactly what I suggested in the online survey they did during the trial, I wonder if more people made the same suggestion too, they might start taking it seriously!
This was exactly what I suggested in the online survey they did during the trial, I wonder if more people made the same suggestion too, they might start taking it seriously! pinkbatgirl
  • Score: -1

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