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Yellow brick road leaves York pedestrians baffled
ROAD markings on a York street ended up looking more like scrambled egg than double yellow lines after builders bodged the job of relaying the cobbles.
Eyebrows have been raised over the pavement outside All Saints’ Church in High Ousegate, which follows gas works in the street.
One passer-by said: “It looks as if someone has left a trail of scrambled egg down the street.
“You get so used to seeing double yellow lines in York they become invisible after a while.
“With a bit of luck the council won’t notice for a while and I can have a free parking space in York city centre.
“I can’t see how they can enforce the parking restrictions until they get some new double yellow lines painted.”
Another man added: “They could get the contractors to rearrange all the bricks, but I think that might be rather expensive and I doubt they could figure it out.
“It’s probably far easier for the council to paint some new double yellows. It shouldn’t take them long. After all, they’ve had enough practice.
“They’d better hurry up though. This is not a very wide road and if a couple of drivers decide to take advantage it could cause traffic chaos.”
An elderly woman said: “To be honest I would not have noticed if someone else not remarked about it.
“But you would have thought whoever was responsible would have had more common sense or at least taken more care.”
A City of York Council spokeswoman said Northern Gas Network was aware of the issue, and this afternoon the lines had been partly repainted.
The spokeswoman said it was important to stress that the works had been completed four and a half weeks ahead of schedule and said parking restrictions remained in force. The road is closed during footstreet hours and loading is allowed out of these hours.
A Northern Gas spokeswoman said its project to upgrade 1.2km of metal gas mains in the city centre was progressing well and said work had begun to remove the mis-aligned yellow lines.
She said the next phase of work, covering Goodramgate, Monkgate and St Maurice’s Road would start in the new year.
Garry Farnhill, customer operations area manager, thanked the public, local business and bus and taxi firms for their patience and support.
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