Housing trust to tackle flooding problems which have plagued York cycle track

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A HOUSING trust has agreed to fund work to tackle flooding problems which have plagued a York cycle track for the past three winters.

But the drainage scheme at the Sustrans track to the rear of Ambleside Avenue in Osbaldwick is set to take up to two weeks, during which time it will again be closed to cyclists.

The Press reported earlier this year how the path had been repeatedly blocked by flooding, following work to bury power cables underground, associated with the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s 540-home Derwenthorpe project nearby.

Local independent councillor Mark Warters said the track was permanently impassable in winter and the same problems even arose in summer following rain, and pedestrians walking along the verges to avoid the flooding had turned them into quagmires. He said it was a disgrace that the problem had gone on so long.

Now Clare Harrigan, head of construction at the trust, has said that it has agreed to step in to resolve the problem, which lay outside of the Derwenthorpe site.

"Because the work will include installation of a land drain in the vicinity of high voltage underground cables, the work may take two weeks to complete, during which time the Sustrans at this point will be closed.”

Coun Warters said he was pleased that, after three winters of local residents wading through water, the trust was finally taking responsibility for the situation, but he questioned why a two week closure was required.

"All that is needed is re-instatement of a relatively short section of tarmac, re-laid with the correct camber - a day at the most!"

Andy Vose, transport planner at City of York Council, told Coun Warters that the trust had insisted that their own contractors undertake the work and Sustrans were currently sorting out the necessary licences to enable them to do this. "The path is proposed to be closed for two weeks whilst they do the work and a diversion will be put into place again."

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9:59am Thu 3 Apr 14

Woody G Mellor says...

WHAT!!??? Bikes, I pay my council tax, motorists, grumble grumble, blah blah blah. etc etc etc.
WHAT!!??? Bikes, I pay my council tax, motorists, grumble grumble, blah blah blah. etc etc etc. Woody G Mellor
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11:02am Thu 3 Apr 14

markymmark says...

So the J R H T caused the problem - They have taken over 2 years to get round to sorting it - Now more delays whilst they insist on using their own contractors ( who should have done it right in the first place ) and the headline to the story reads like they are doing everyone a favour - Unbelievable !!!
So the J R H T caused the problem - They have taken over 2 years to get round to sorting it - Now more delays whilst they insist on using their own contractors ( who should have done it right in the first place ) and the headline to the story reads like they are doing everyone a favour - Unbelievable !!! markymmark
  • Score: 9

11:50am Thu 3 Apr 14

seatothewest says...

Time and again during the planning process it was pointed out that the ancient ridge and furrow fields at Osbaldwick acted as an enormous winter sponge, but we were reassured that this development would not make local flooding problems worse! It is not only the cycle track, Osbaldwick Beck has been dangerously high on many occasions, despite the pretty lake and play area created by the builders. This development is a betrayal of the Rowntree values, with its undue emphasis on luxury properties, not seen in the historic New Earswick estate.
Time and again during the planning process it was pointed out that the ancient ridge and furrow fields at Osbaldwick acted as an enormous winter sponge, but we were reassured that this development would not make local flooding problems worse! It is not only the cycle track, Osbaldwick Beck has been dangerously high on many occasions, despite the pretty lake and play area created by the builders. This development is a betrayal of the Rowntree values, with its undue emphasis on luxury properties, not seen in the historic New Earswick estate. seatothewest
  • Score: 11

1:09am Fri 4 Apr 14

Magicman! says...

The problem cannot just be solved by 'relaying the tarmac at the correct camber'... the fact is the surface is below the level of the adjacent ground, so water runs off that soil onto the cycle route until the water on the cycle route is at the same level as the adjacent soil. To fix it requires either digging out a lot of land or to put down more hardcore and a notably higher surface level for the cycle route... In addition the works are being undertaken just a few feet from underground 25KV power cables, the risk assesment alone would take several weeks to complete!!

Maybe it'll be a case of 'third time lucky' - with the last 2 years that cycle route has already been closed twice between Melrosegate and Osbaldwick, and the second time around there was no visible evidence as to why the route hd been closed for 2-3 weeks as nothing had changed at surface level. Perhaps this time round, the contractors can resurface the FULL LENGTH from Osbaldwick Metcalfe Lane to Tang Hall Library - the existing tarmac there is the oldest along the full length of the route, a lot of the bonding agent has erroded away just leaving the pebbles in place - the resultant surface is very bumpy for an off-road cycle lane not traversed regulaly by vehicles (only the odd Transit van goes down there if travellers tethered their horses in a field along there, otherwise it's just the street light van that goes down there) and the poor road surface also adds friction for those riding along it, increasing drag and meaning those who are cycling along there expend more energy than necessary. Considering the tarmac there has been down for well over 25 years, whereas a road that had the same amount of motor vehicle traffic as this cycle route gets with bicycles would have had its surface replaced twice by now, I think it is now time to resurface this bit along its length.
The problem cannot just be solved by 'relaying the tarmac at the correct camber'... the fact is the surface is below the level of the adjacent ground, so water runs off that soil onto the cycle route until the water on the cycle route is at the same level as the adjacent soil. To fix it requires either digging out a lot of land or to put down more hardcore and a notably higher surface level for the cycle route... In addition the works are being undertaken just a few feet from underground 25KV power cables, the risk assesment alone would take several weeks to complete!! Maybe it'll be a case of 'third time lucky' - with the last 2 years that cycle route has already been closed twice between Melrosegate and Osbaldwick, and the second time around there was no visible evidence as to why the route hd been closed for 2-3 weeks as nothing had changed at surface level. Perhaps this time round, the contractors can resurface the FULL LENGTH from Osbaldwick Metcalfe Lane to Tang Hall Library - the existing tarmac there is the oldest along the full length of the route, a lot of the bonding agent has erroded away just leaving the pebbles in place - the resultant surface is very bumpy for an off-road cycle lane not traversed regulaly by vehicles (only the odd Transit van goes down there if travellers tethered their horses in a field along there, otherwise it's just the street light van that goes down there) and the poor road surface also adds friction for those riding along it, increasing drag and meaning those who are cycling along there expend more energy than necessary. Considering the tarmac there has been down for well over 25 years, whereas a road that had the same amount of motor vehicle traffic as this cycle route gets with bicycles would have had its surface replaced twice by now, I think it is now time to resurface this bit along its length. Magicman!
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