Blossom Street roadworks start tomorrow

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TRAFFIC disruption is expected from tomorrow as emergency repairs are carried out on one of the main arteries into York.

Engineers from Yorkshire Water are set to begin investigating and repairing a problem with a section of sewer pipe which runs beneath Blossom Street.

The problem has led to a number of incidents in the last year when raw sewage has flooded up through a drain close in the street.

A spokesman from Yorkshire Water said: “Whilst the exact problem is not known at this stage, it is thought that a blockage of some description, possibly concrete, has led to waste water escaping from the pipe in recent days.

“The section of sewer where the problem is thought to lie is 40 metres from the Holgate Road traffic signals. To address it, the team needs to excavate a small section of the right hand lane on the A59 on Blossom Street.”

Last August, The Press reported members of the New York Working Men's Club had witnessed sewage floating along the gutter past the club entrance, before washing down another drain, and the club estimated that the stink over a period of a week had cost them about £1,000-worth of business, and forced the cancellation of meetings.

The work is due to start tomorrow, with no definite end date yet announced, and will see one lane of the road closed completely to road users for the duration of the investigation and repairs, but the Yorkshire Water spokesman said engineers would attempt to keep disruption to the public to a minimum.

He said: “It will be necessary to close a section of the right hand lane, though the left lane of this dual carriageway will remain fully open.

“The team would like to reassure all road users that they will do everything possible to minimise disruption, including starting work only after the morning's rush hour has ended, and complete the job as quickly as possible.”

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6:37pm Sun 27 Jan 13

bob the builder says...

Set off now to avoid the ensuing chaos and tailbacks from the closure of 'a small section of the right hand lane'. H&S will dictate that treble the length of works will be cordoned off, with a lane alongside plus feeder lanes in and out for the works traffic. So that's cones from Holgate Rd to Nunnery Lane, plus temporary lights, suspension of the ordinary lights at Holgate Road and Blossom St, and it'll take all year because they'll find archaeology, cellars and everything inbetween, except the blockage.
Set off now to avoid the ensuing chaos and tailbacks from the closure of 'a small section of the right hand lane'. H&S will dictate that treble the length of works will be cordoned off, with a lane alongside plus feeder lanes in and out for the works traffic. So that's cones from Holgate Rd to Nunnery Lane, plus temporary lights, suspension of the ordinary lights at Holgate Road and Blossom St, and it'll take all year because they'll find archaeology, cellars and everything inbetween, except the blockage. bob the builder
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9:13pm Sun 27 Jan 13

pedalling paul says...

Never mind, there's a super cycle bypass via Lowther Terrace and the rail station's long stay car park.........on yer bikes!!
Never mind, there's a super cycle bypass via Lowther Terrace and the rail station's long stay car park.........on yer bikes!! pedalling paul
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10:17pm Sun 27 Jan 13

hendom says...

Thanks Paul, perhaps you would like to carry in my van load of tools for me in your saddle bag?
Thanks Paul, perhaps you would like to carry in my van load of tools for me in your saddle bag? hendom
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10:37pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Guy Fawkes says...

So not only are motorists going to be stuck in traffic jams, but will be able to enjoy the aroma of several months' worth of compacted sh!te that has been fermenting away under Blossom Street, once they get the sewer open. Think I'll look for an alternative route...
So not only are motorists going to be stuck in traffic jams, but will be able to enjoy the aroma of several months' worth of compacted sh!te that has been fermenting away under Blossom Street, once they get the sewer open. Think I'll look for an alternative route... Guy Fawkes
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11:03pm Sun 27 Jan 13

piaggio1 says...

sooo, a load o blokes stood around lookin into a hole,followed by a few blokes in suits n hi-viz jackets ont phone doing nowt ,oh i , n any time after 1 pm on fridays?? no one there!
sooo, a load o blokes stood around lookin into a hole,followed by a few blokes in suits n hi-viz jackets ont phone doing nowt ,oh i , n any time after 1 pm on fridays?? no one there! piaggio1
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12:42am Mon 28 Jan 13

Saywhat says...

oohh "pooh", guess i'll be late for work then, unless i pass out first from the stench. And peddlin p is surely a johovas witness, one of those people who knock and don't go away. All for freedom of speech, but give it a rest with the pedal power scenarios in almost every story you can pop it into. Big YAWN now. I'm sure the WHOLE world know about the existence of cars and pedal cycles, and the difference between the two, and the advantages/disadvant
ages of both. bigger yawn, off to bed.
oohh "pooh", guess i'll be late for work then, unless i pass out first from the stench. And peddlin p is surely a johovas witness, one of those people who knock and don't go away. All for freedom of speech, but give it a rest with the pedal power scenarios in almost every story you can pop it into. Big YAWN now. I'm sure the WHOLE world know about the existence of cars and pedal cycles, and the difference between the two, and the advantages/disadvant ages of both. bigger yawn, off to bed. Saywhat
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7:05am Mon 28 Jan 13

Paul Meoff says...

I'll be thinking of all the poor motorists tailed back across Lendal Bridge and Tadcaster Road as I fly past on my bike.
I'll be thinking of all the poor motorists tailed back across Lendal Bridge and Tadcaster Road as I fly past on my bike. Paul Meoff
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7:33am Mon 28 Jan 13

mortandindi says...

Why every road in York at the same time, sounds like typical council planning. The whole city is clogged with roadworks at the moment, it would have made more sense to finish some first to keep the traffic moving, Sense is the one virtue the council don't have !!
Why every road in York at the same time, sounds like typical council planning. The whole city is clogged with roadworks at the moment, it would have made more sense to finish some first to keep the traffic moving, Sense is the one virtue the council don't have !! mortandindi
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8:01am Mon 28 Jan 13

pedalling paul says...

mortandindi wrote:
Why every road in York at the same time, sounds like typical council planning. The whole city is clogged with roadworks at the moment, it would have made more sense to finish some first to keep the traffic moving, Sense is the one virtue the council don't have !!
Utility companies have a legal right to carry out street works and Local Authorities have limited powers to restrict them.CoYC will invite co-ordination between utility companies where possible.
[quote][p][bold]mortandindi[/bold] wrote: Why every road in York at the same time, sounds like typical council planning. The whole city is clogged with roadworks at the moment, it would have made more sense to finish some first to keep the traffic moving, Sense is the one virtue the council don't have !![/p][/quote]Utility companies have a legal right to carry out street works and Local Authorities have limited powers to restrict them.CoYC will invite co-ordination between utility companies where possible. pedalling paul
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8:03am Mon 28 Jan 13

Frank A says...

Surely on a health issue alone this should not have taken nearly six months since I first reported the problem. The stench has been overpowering at times and I must have received about 12calls/texts to say that the 'problem has been rectified'! We have also lost a lot of business over this period through no fault of ours and that we had no way of resolving. Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club
Surely on a health issue alone this should not have taken nearly six months since I first reported the problem. The stench has been overpowering at times and I must have received about 12calls/texts to say that the 'problem has been rectified'! We have also lost a lot of business over this period through no fault of ours and that we had no way of resolving. Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club Frank A
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8:22am Mon 28 Jan 13

Shouter says...

All you need now is for the A19 at Fulford to be closed because of flooding!
All you need now is for the A19 at Fulford to be closed because of flooding! Shouter
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9:23am Mon 28 Jan 13

roskoboskovic says...

what is it with these cycling morons and their incessant preaching.i have lots of interests but don t feel the need to preach and attempt to convert others.just get on with your biking and i ll get on with my driving.each to their own.
what is it with these cycling morons and their incessant preaching.i have lots of interests but don t feel the need to preach and attempt to convert others.just get on with your biking and i ll get on with my driving.each to their own. roskoboskovic
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10:26am Mon 28 Jan 13

anti-rant says...

HS2 comments didn't last long.
HS2 comments didn't last long. anti-rant
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11:25am Mon 28 Jan 13

bob the builder says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Never mind, there's a super cycle bypass via Lowther Terrace and the rail station's long stay car park.........on yer bikes!!
... unlikely, they'll all be on the pavements, more so than usual, ignoring any cones, temporary lights etc. This year following the installation of a dashboard camera, I'll be posting the footage on YouTube of the traffic trangressions, under a title you can't print here, but it'll have the word York in it to search by.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Never mind, there's a super cycle bypass via Lowther Terrace and the rail station's long stay car park.........on yer bikes!![/p][/quote]... unlikely, they'll all be on the pavements, more so than usual, ignoring any cones, temporary lights etc. This year following the installation of a dashboard camera, I'll be posting the footage on YouTube of the traffic trangressions, under a title you can't print here, but it'll have the word York in it to search by. bob the builder
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12:43pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Blimp says...

We've grown to like Pedalling Paul. He's always upbeat, ignores all abuse and he's a lot more creative than some posters on here who just put the same message everytime.

Hey Paul...

Brilliant love it! More please.
We've grown to like Pedalling Paul. He's always upbeat, ignores all abuse and he's a lot more creative than some posters on here who just put the same message everytime. Hey Paul... Brilliant love it! More please. Blimp
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12:46pm Mon 28 Jan 13

fixedfanatic says...

Frank A wrote:
Surely on a health issue alone this should not have taken nearly six months since I first reported the problem. The stench has been overpowering at times and I must have received about 12calls/texts to say that the 'problem has been rectified'! We have also lost a lot of business over this period through no fault of ours and that we had no way of resolving. Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club
The New York Club is probably the least appealing drinking establishment in the whole of York.
Have you considered that the drop in trade could be more to do with the constant crowd of fat beer bellied middle aged men stood on your doorstep smoking than an odour in the street?
[quote][p][bold]Frank A[/bold] wrote: Surely on a health issue alone this should not have taken nearly six months since I first reported the problem. The stench has been overpowering at times and I must have received about 12calls/texts to say that the 'problem has been rectified'! We have also lost a lot of business over this period through no fault of ours and that we had no way of resolving. Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club[/p][/quote]The New York Club is probably the least appealing drinking establishment in the whole of York. Have you considered that the drop in trade could be more to do with the constant crowd of fat beer bellied middle aged men stood on your doorstep smoking than an odour in the street? fixedfanatic
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1:22pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Frank A says...

Most critics aren't afraid to put their own names to their reviews but your 'fixedfanatic' probably describes you to a tee! For everyone's information some of our Members may have beer bellies and may also choose to smoke but they don't hide their identity and they not been barred or excluded from our premises for yobbish & threatening behaviour! Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club
Most critics aren't afraid to put their own names to their reviews but your 'fixedfanatic' probably describes you to a tee! For everyone's information some of our Members may have beer bellies and may also choose to smoke but they don't hide their identity and they not been barred or excluded from our premises for yobbish & threatening behaviour! Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club Frank A
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1:30pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

anti-rant wrote:
HS2 comments didn't last long.
Really?
[quote][p][bold]anti-rant[/bold] wrote: HS2 comments didn't last long.[/p][/quote]Really? Buzz Light-year
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7:25pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Frank A says...

The latest information supplied to us will probably astonish 'fixedfanatic' or whoever reads the message to them. Allegedly the nearby hotel has also lost over £40,000 due to the stench! Don't know about frantic/tragic but I think the hotel is as inviting as our Club & I certainly haven't seen too many beer bellies, male or female, smoking outside the hotel! Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club
The latest information supplied to us will probably astonish 'fixedfanatic' or whoever reads the message to them. Allegedly the nearby hotel has also lost over £40,000 due to the stench! Don't know about frantic/tragic but I think the hotel is as inviting as our Club & I certainly haven't seen too many beer bellies, male or female, smoking outside the hotel! Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club Frank A
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7:54pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Paul Meoff says...

Frank A wrote:
The latest information supplied to us will probably astonish 'fixedfanatic' or whoever reads the message to them. Allegedly the nearby hotel has also lost over £40,000 due to the stench! Don't know about frantic/tragic but I think the hotel is as inviting as our Club & I certainly haven't seen too many beer bellies, male or female, smoking outside the hotel! Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club
Stench probably emanates from the drains servicing the lardy lumps using the New York Club facilities.
[quote][p][bold]Frank A[/bold] wrote: The latest information supplied to us will probably astonish 'fixedfanatic' or whoever reads the message to them. Allegedly the nearby hotel has also lost over £40,000 due to the stench! Don't know about frantic/tragic but I think the hotel is as inviting as our Club & I certainly haven't seen too many beer bellies, male or female, smoking outside the hotel! Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club[/p][/quote]Stench probably emanates from the drains servicing the lardy lumps using the New York Club facilities. Paul Meoff
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8:55pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Frank A says...

Sadly you obviously don't read the Press, have no knowledge of even basic hygiene and your knowledge of drainage is as good as your diplomacy. When the problem was highlighted originally it clearly stated that this 'emanates!' outside the hotel. No more idiotic/drunken comments please. Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club
Sadly you obviously don't read the Press, have no knowledge of even basic hygiene and your knowledge of drainage is as good as your diplomacy. When the problem was highlighted originally it clearly stated that this 'emanates!' outside the hotel. No more idiotic/drunken comments please. Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club Frank A
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10:50pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Paul Meoff says...

Frank A wrote:
Sadly you obviously don't read the Press, have no knowledge of even basic hygiene and your knowledge of drainage is as good as your diplomacy. When the problem was highlighted originally it clearly stated that this 'emanates!' outside the hotel. No more idiotic/drunken comments please. Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club
Yeah but it's probably the crap flowing from the bogs the fatties use in the club.
[quote][p][bold]Frank A[/bold] wrote: Sadly you obviously don't read the Press, have no knowledge of even basic hygiene and your knowledge of drainage is as good as your diplomacy. When the problem was highlighted originally it clearly stated that this 'emanates!' outside the hotel. No more idiotic/drunken comments please. Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club[/p][/quote]Yeah but it's probably the crap flowing from the bogs the fatties use in the club. Paul Meoff
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11:15pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Frank A says...

Paul Meoff wrote:
Frank A wrote:
Sadly you obviously don't read the Press, have no knowledge of even basic hygiene and your knowledge of drainage is as good as your diplomacy. When the problem was highlighted originally it clearly stated that this 'emanates!' outside the hotel. No more idiotic/drunken comments please. Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club
Yeah but it's probably the crap flowing from the bogs the fatties use in the club.
I bow to your superior knowledge, obviously there are similarities between your brain and the sewer!!
[quote][p][bold]Paul Meoff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frank A[/bold] wrote: Sadly you obviously don't read the Press, have no knowledge of even basic hygiene and your knowledge of drainage is as good as your diplomacy. When the problem was highlighted originally it clearly stated that this 'emanates!' outside the hotel. No more idiotic/drunken comments please. Frank Healy Club Secretary New York Club[/p][/quote]Yeah but it's probably the crap flowing from the bogs the fatties use in the club.[/p][/quote]I bow to your superior knowledge, obviously there are similarities between your brain and the sewer!! Frank A
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3:29am Tue 29 Jan 13

Magicman! says...

Saywhat wrote:
oohh "pooh", guess i'll be late for work then, unless i pass out first from the stench. And peddlin p is surely a johovas witness, one of those people who knock and don't go away. All for freedom of speech, but give it a rest with the pedal power scenarios in almost every story you can pop it into. Big YAWN now. I'm sure the WHOLE world know about the existence of cars and pedal cycles, and the difference between the two, and the advantages/disadvant

ages of both. bigger yawn, off to bed.
If you're going to diss a religious group at least get the name spelt correctly, otherwise you'll just look like a moron!!
[quote][p][bold]Saywhat[/bold] wrote: oohh "pooh", guess i'll be late for work then, unless i pass out first from the stench. And peddlin p is surely a johovas witness, one of those people who knock and don't go away. All for freedom of speech, but give it a rest with the pedal power scenarios in almost every story you can pop it into. Big YAWN now. I'm sure the WHOLE world know about the existence of cars and pedal cycles, and the difference between the two, and the advantages/disadvant ages of both. bigger yawn, off to bed.[/p][/quote]If you're going to diss a religious group at least get the name spelt correctly, otherwise you'll just look like a moron!! Magicman!
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7:22am Tue 29 Jan 13

hikerman says...

If the stench is coming from a gutter the drains want cleaning or the branch sewer pipe as broken at the club frank get your pipes inspected i past your club and the stink was coming out of your front door.
If the stench is coming from a gutter the drains want cleaning or the branch sewer pipe as broken at the club frank get your pipes inspected i past your club and the stink was coming out of your front door. hikerman
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8:41am Tue 29 Jan 13

Frank A says...

hikerman wrote:
If the stench is coming from a gutter the drains want cleaning or the branch sewer pipe as broken at the club frank get your pipes inspected i past your club and the stink was coming out of your front door.
Sorry hikerman but your sense of smell & direction appears misplaced! Yorkshire Water report that the blockage is from the sewage channel outside the hotel, who estimate they have lost more money than we have. Thanks for the attempt at constructive advice but suggest you get a decent compass and carry on hiking.
[quote][p][bold]hikerman[/bold] wrote: If the stench is coming from a gutter the drains want cleaning or the branch sewer pipe as broken at the club frank get your pipes inspected i past your club and the stink was coming out of your front door.[/p][/quote]Sorry hikerman but your sense of smell & direction appears misplaced! Yorkshire Water report that the blockage is from the sewage channel outside the hotel, who estimate they have lost more money than we have. Thanks for the attempt at constructive advice but suggest you get a decent compass and carry on hiking. Frank A
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9:16am Tue 29 Jan 13

Frank A says...

The serious side of the problem which I first complained about nearly six months ago was that this sewage was floating down the kerbside. The smell was ripe at times and people walked, cycled and drove through it. It went back into the water system & how was it treated/removed? Does it spread into the drinking water system for York? If a farmer was spreading slurry would it take six months before they were threatened with legal action? These in tandem with business losses were & are real concerns. Frank Healy
The serious side of the problem which I first complained about nearly six months ago was that this sewage was floating down the kerbside. The smell was ripe at times and people walked, cycled and drove through it. It went back into the water system & how was it treated/removed? Does it spread into the drinking water system for York? If a farmer was spreading slurry would it take six months before they were threatened with legal action? These in tandem with business losses were & are real concerns. Frank Healy Frank A
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