Turning point

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SO IT is now confirmed that £275,000 from developer contributions to the Monks Cross development is to be spent providing free parking at city-centre car parks (bizarrely from 8am during the rush hour).

What is galling for residents of Forge Close and Saddlers Close in Jockey Lane, Huntington, is that some of the money from developers should be used to provide a right-turn lane for the Range store.

At a Cabinet member decision-making meeting last year, I asked for this lane to be installed as part of the improvements for cyclists and pedestrians on Jockey Lane.

The cost was reported to be £25,000, but the Cabinet member refused to authorise the work.

So when the toucan crossing is installed, residents, pedestrians and cyclists will suffer unnecessary pollution as vehicles turning into Range block the vehicles behind them.

It’s not too late for the new Cabinet member to approve this addition to the scheme that would improve the quality of life for many people – despite being promised for January, the scheme has not yet been implemented.

Cllr Keith Orrell Huntington and New Earswick ward, Trent Avenue, Huntington, York.

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1:03pm Sat 24 May 14

oi oi savaloy says...

so who's pockets will that 275k go in? york labour = corrupt
so who's pockets will that 275k go in? york labour = corrupt oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -65

10:23pm Sat 24 May 14

Magicman! says...

Let's face it, this council has completely lost the plot. They are not in support of cycling, as they ripped up the Water End cycle lane, have removed cycle priority along Malton Road, have put in dangerously narrow cycle lanes complete with brand new pinch points along Sterling Road at Clifton Moor; they're not supporting necessary car journeys, as they keep tampering with traffic lights having no concept that this creates extra traffic tailbacks (Water End being one example, 30 seconds more green time there means the A19 Shipton Road now has 30-40% longer queues due to the red light being on for longer per sequence; another example is the junction of Paragon Street and Cemetary Road, where the traffic lights have been tampered with there and has not been signed); they don't show support for bus users, as all the bus lanes end just before they are most needed, and bus priority traffic lights at bus gates are an absolute joke (the junction on Malton Road and New Lane regularly freezes to 'all red' for 4 minutes at least once a day, the bus gate at Elmfield Avenue holds the bus back for 20 seconds, and again at the Stockton Lane roundabout bus gate), plus the 'real time' information displays at bus stops show a bus as due in 14 minutes BEFORE a bus due in 3 minutes, half the services aren't up there, and those which are displayed are shown at the wrong stop (according to the screens, the 26 should be using the island bus stop at the rail station, for example)... it is just like this council bumbles along from one spontanious act to another without actually thinking if it'll do any good or if it has been executed correctly.
Let's face it, this council has completely lost the plot. They are not in support of cycling, as they ripped up the Water End cycle lane, have removed cycle priority along Malton Road, have put in dangerously narrow cycle lanes complete with brand new pinch points along Sterling Road at Clifton Moor; they're not supporting necessary car journeys, as they keep tampering with traffic lights having no concept that this creates extra traffic tailbacks (Water End being one example, 30 seconds more green time there means the A19 Shipton Road now has 30-40% longer queues due to the red light being on for longer per sequence; another example is the junction of Paragon Street and Cemetary Road, where the traffic lights have been tampered with there and has not been signed); they don't show support for bus users, as all the bus lanes end just before they are most needed, and bus priority traffic lights at bus gates are an absolute joke (the junction on Malton Road and New Lane regularly freezes to 'all red' for 4 minutes at least once a day, the bus gate at Elmfield Avenue holds the bus back for 20 seconds, and again at the Stockton Lane roundabout bus gate), plus the 'real time' information displays at bus stops show a bus as due in 14 minutes BEFORE a bus due in 3 minutes, half the services aren't up there, and those which are displayed are shown at the wrong stop (according to the screens, the 26 should be using the island bus stop at the rail station, for example)... it is just like this council bumbles along from one spontanious act to another without actually thinking if it'll do any good or if it has been executed correctly. Magicman!
  • Score: -5

11:15pm Sat 24 May 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Well I am surprised that a councillor does not get the councils policy of creating congestion. Put in a right turn lane to stop vehicles getting held up behind those turning right? The council have spent a small fortune of our money making sure this happens everywhere so why would they want to stop it happening? Your worst issue up there is the Jockey Lane lights which are short set, 6 cars at a time on the main road and 2 or 3 from the side junction then enough time to get a small party of school children across for each pedestrian sequence causing gridlock around the roundabout not to mention a fair amount of danger. Before anyone says this is a fail safe mode, rubbish they have been like this every time I have been up there. Not sure about this toucan crossing mentioned but I suspect this will cause yet more congestion and pollution and will be exactly what it is meant to do.
The council employ a large team of people, each of which is probably being paid as much as your right turn lane would cost, who's job it is to come up with these little annoying frustrating congestion creating ideas. They are not there to make life better they are there to bring about the dream of a car free city as described by LTP3 and to achieve that they make life for every driver of a motorised vehicle in and around the city so miserable that you give up trying to drive in York.
Far from improving life for the residents of York the reverse is actually true. Employing these tactics the council say they have increased pollution by as much as 48% with no increase in the volume of traffic.
Well I am surprised that a councillor does not get the councils policy of creating congestion. Put in a right turn lane to stop vehicles getting held up behind those turning right? The council have spent a small fortune of our money making sure this happens everywhere so why would they want to stop it happening? Your worst issue up there is the Jockey Lane lights which are short set, 6 cars at a time on the main road and 2 or 3 from the side junction then enough time to get a small party of school children across for each pedestrian sequence causing gridlock around the roundabout not to mention a fair amount of danger. Before anyone says this is a fail safe mode, rubbish they have been like this every time I have been up there. Not sure about this toucan crossing mentioned but I suspect this will cause yet more congestion and pollution and will be exactly what it is meant to do. The council employ a large team of people, each of which is probably being paid as much as your right turn lane would cost, who's job it is to come up with these little annoying frustrating congestion creating ideas. They are not there to make life better they are there to bring about the dream of a car free city as described by LTP3 and to achieve that they make life for every driver of a motorised vehicle in and around the city so miserable that you give up trying to drive in York. Far from improving life for the residents of York the reverse is actually true. Employing these tactics the council say they have increased pollution by as much as 48% with no increase in the volume of traffic. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -38

11:30pm Sat 24 May 14

wallman says...

this council has more members that don't drive and want YORK to be car free so they can swan around saying look what we have done lets hope the next council we have get York moving again
this council has more members that don't drive and want YORK to be car free so they can swan around saying look what we have done lets hope the next council we have get York moving again wallman
  • Score: -49

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