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Safety concerns over A19 footpath
A meeting has been held to discuss concerns over a major road into York.
It was called after Tracey McAleese contacted City of York Council about the speed of traffic and the width of the pavement alongside the A19 into Fulford. She said walking along the narrow footpath with her young son had left them both shaken.
Nigel Shorney, Tracey’s partner, said turbulence created by passing traffic had caused the three-year-old to be blown off his feet.
The meeting at St Oswald’s Church Hall heard calls to reduce the speed limit on that section of Selby Road, but officers said thiswould not be an option.
Adding new white lines to the road encouraging vehicles away from the footpath was a possibility.
Mr Shorney said: “It was fairly positive, it’s a start. We’re just questioning why they won’t reduce the speed limit. The only answer seems to be because no one would stick to it, which seems ridiculous really. White lines to the side of the footpath will take traffic more into the centre of the road, and greate a gap between the footpath which will reduce turbulence and may reduce traffic and slow it down a bit, which is something.”
Representatives from City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police, and about 25 residents attended the meeting, as well as Councillor Keith Aspden, who said he hoped the council would act on the residents’ concerns. Mr Shorney said: “If they do something with the footpaths and do something with the white lines, then it’s worthwhile.”
Russell Stone, of the council, previously said: “We are working with colleagues to priortise where capital can be spent on matters of health and safety.”
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