Road not closed

Road not closed

Road not closed

First published in Letters by

I FOLLOWED the York Départ from the city centre like thousands of others – a great spectacle indeed.

However, I must comment on the road closures and the information that was given out by local Tour information office.

Knowing that Beckfield Lane was one of those closed on the day, I contacted the helpline two weeks before the big day and they confirmed that from 4am till sometime after the race no vehicles were to use the road – and if I needed to use my car on the day, I would need to move it the night before to a place nearby not affected by the closures.

I was also told that I would be receiving a letter from the council, yet no such letter arrived. Imagine my surprise on the day when at 7.30am traffic was flowing normally. No road closure signs at Wetherby Road junction at any time.

Numerous residents were looking out and wondering why there were so many cars on a closed road.

Those responsible for giving out the information to residents should have ensured that all residents were given the correct information regarding road closures for the day.

John Eaves, Beckfield Lane, Acomb, York.

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1:13pm Fri 11 Jul 14

strangebuttrue? says...

You will have been confused by the signs all along the road saying it would be closed. Carr Lane also had these signs. Some thought it may have been a simple error missing the word "ahead" as we know how bad the council are with signs but if you were told it would be closed it would seem those who thought it was deliberately misleading may have been correct. Why would the council want to deliberately mislead residents?
You will have been confused by the signs all along the road saying it would be closed. Carr Lane also had these signs. Some thought it may have been a simple error missing the word "ahead" as we know how bad the council are with signs but if you were told it would be closed it would seem those who thought it was deliberately misleading may have been correct. Why would the council want to deliberately mislead residents? strangebuttrue?
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2:13pm Fri 11 Jul 14

the original Homer says...

The Council won't have deliberately set out to do this wrong - it's just something they do naturally.

They just don't understand the wording on signs:

1 Diversion ahead
You can proceed, but your route may (or may not) be closed further on, watch for more signs.

2 Diversion
This sign is at the start of a diversion. It means you can't proceed, and must follow the signed route

3 Diverted traffic
This sign should be used through the route that gets traffic round the diversion. If you have got here by following a diversion sign, follow this one as well.
Other traffic can ignore this sign.

CoYC (and many others) tend to use sign 2 and not really bother with signs 1 and 3.
The Council won't have deliberately set out to do this wrong - it's just something they do naturally. They just don't understand the wording on signs: 1 Diversion ahead You can proceed, but your route may (or may not) be closed further on, watch for more signs. 2 Diversion This sign is at the start of a diversion. It means you can't proceed, and must follow the signed route 3 Diverted traffic This sign should be used through the route that gets traffic round the diversion. If you have got here by following a diversion sign, follow this one as well. Other traffic can ignore this sign. CoYC (and many others) tend to use sign 2 and not really bother with signs 1 and 3. the original Homer
  • Score: 4

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