SAFETY improvements and a new cycle route are being proposed for a road at the University of York.

City of York Council, in partnership with the university , wants to carry out the works in University Road to help make the area more accessible and safer for students and residents.

If approved at a Cabinet Member decision session on August 7, the proposed cycle path will extend along the northern side of the road between Siwards Way and Innovation Way roundabouts.

The safety improvements, in the vicinity of the bus stops near the Morrell Library, include off-road shared cycle/pedestrian facilities through the bus stop area.

There would also be crossing improvements incorporating two raised speed table crossings and two pairs of speed cushions within a 20mph Zone to maintain low traffic speeds, with removal of existing central islands.

The eastbound bus stop would be re-located to a position just to the west of Morrell Way and two new stepped accesses would be constructed to Morrell Library, one providing more direct access to the overhead footbridge from Market Square and another from Morrell Way, with the existing steps removed.

The work, expected to take place during August and September, prior to the start of the new academic year, follows consultation with councillors, Heslington Parish Council, students and other interested parties.