University Road closed for safety improvements

University Road closed for safety improvements

University Road closed for safety improvements

First published in News

WORK on safety improvements to a busy road in York is expected to start today and last for about five weeks.

A new cycle route on University Road and a new 20mph zone are among the changes being introduced by City of York Council in partnership with the University of York. The improvements aim to make the area more accessible and safer for both students and residents, said a council spokeswoman.

The five-week programme starts today and will take place between 8am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.

Speed cushions will be created after the Yorkshire Marathon which takes place on October 12.

The first phase will concentrate on improving the safety crossing by the bus stops near Morrell Library/Market Square.

The measures will include relocating the outbound bus stop towards Morrell Way. The speed cushions will be created within the new 20mph zone while the existing central crossing islands will be removed.

Temporary bus stops will be provided during the work.

Temporary traffic lights will be in use on University Road during off-peak periods, and University Road will be closed to traffic from Saturday, September 6, at 8pm, until Sunday, September 7, at 6pm, with a diversion directing motorists onto Hull Road and Field Lane.

Alongside these works, the university plans to build two new stepped accesses to Morrell Library: one providing more direct access to the overhead footbridge from Market Square and the other providing access from Morrell Way.

The existing steps on the northern side of University Road will be removed. Next April additional steps will be built to link to the footbridge from the Market Square side of University Road.

The work was approved at a Cabinet member decision session on August 7.

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10:11am Tue 26 Aug 14

smudge2 says...

Oh no, another 20 mph zone which is unenforceable plus the usual car wrecking speed humps and the formula 1 style chicanes to negotiate round. What the university wants the university gets unlike the rest of the York ratepayers ( students are obviously exempt from that charge )..The pro council score manipulators will not like this comment...watch for the minus scores !!
Oh no, another 20 mph zone which is unenforceable plus the usual car wrecking speed humps and the formula 1 style chicanes to negotiate round. What the university wants the university gets unlike the rest of the York ratepayers ( students are obviously exempt from that charge )..The pro council score manipulators will not like this comment...watch for the minus scores !! smudge2
  • Score: 559

10:23am Tue 26 Aug 14

sheps lad says...

Would be nice if the bus companies gave us some info re diversions etc! Check web sites this morning - Nothing!
Would be nice if the bus companies gave us some info re diversions etc! Check web sites this morning - Nothing! sheps lad
  • Score: 626

10:39am Tue 26 Aug 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I love it, The Morrell and B all buildings are on higher ground, therefore only Pedestrians can access, there is a car park behind, but getting there is a nightmare, dead ends, loading bays, building, rebuilding etc etc. Pity the Cash Strapped Council cant attempt anything on there own .
I love it, The Morrell and B all buildings are on higher ground, therefore only Pedestrians can access, there is a car park behind, but getting there is a nightmare, dead ends, loading bays, building, rebuilding etc etc. Pity the Cash Strapped Council cant attempt anything on there own . Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 523

10:46am Tue 26 Aug 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

smudge2 wrote:
Oh no, another 20 mph zone which is unenforceable plus the usual car wrecking speed humps and the formula 1 style chicanes to negotiate round. What the university wants the university gets unlike the rest of the York ratepayers ( students are obviously exempt from that charge )..The pro council score manipulators will not like this comment...watch for the minus scores !!
How true!
"The improvements aim to make the area more accessible and safer for both students and residents, said a council spokeswoman."
I suspect that as usual these changes will infuriate everyone, students , residents and the employees of the various companies on the Science Park.
Ill thought out decisions made without consultation with those most likely to be affected.The University administrators and York City Council living in same "mindless" bubble!
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: Oh no, another 20 mph zone which is unenforceable plus the usual car wrecking speed humps and the formula 1 style chicanes to negotiate round. What the university wants the university gets unlike the rest of the York ratepayers ( students are obviously exempt from that charge )..The pro council score manipulators will not like this comment...watch for the minus scores !![/p][/quote]How true! "The improvements aim to make the area more accessible and safer for both students and residents, said a council spokeswoman." I suspect that as usual these changes will infuriate everyone, students , residents and the employees of the various companies on the Science Park. Ill thought out decisions made without consultation with those most likely to be affected.The University administrators and York City Council living in same "mindless" bubble! Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: 507

11:47am Tue 26 Aug 14

MrsHoney says...

Great, more speed bumps on my commute!!! No hope of getting past any of the cyclists now if they venture onto the road. There was however consultation, I went along to one of the sessions. There were plenty of people voicing opinions but obviously none were listened to.
Great, more speed bumps on my commute!!! No hope of getting past any of the cyclists now if they venture onto the road. There was however consultation, I went along to one of the sessions. There were plenty of people voicing opinions but obviously none were listened to. MrsHoney
  • Score: 645

12:08pm Tue 26 Aug 14

gravitydrips says...

Good to hear their moving one of the bus stops but they need to create an actual bus lay-by. There is one on the inbound lane adjacent to Market Square, but they stopped using it a few years ago. Then they positioned both bus stops opposite one another. Because the Number 4 runs at totally random times that meant when the outbound and inbound buses stopped simultaneously the road just got blocked.
Good to hear their moving one of the bus stops but they need to create an actual bus lay-by. There is one on the inbound lane adjacent to Market Square, but they stopped using it a few years ago. Then they positioned both bus stops opposite one another. Because the Number 4 runs at totally random times that meant when the outbound and inbound buses stopped simultaneously the road just got blocked. gravitydrips
  • Score: 589

12:55pm Tue 26 Aug 14

rothko says...

Is it actually closed, or are there traffic lights? The article appears to contradict itself.
Is it actually closed, or are there traffic lights? The article appears to contradict itself. rothko
  • Score: 612

2:07pm Tue 26 Aug 14

MrsHoney says...

gravitydrips wrote:
Good to hear their moving one of the bus stops but they need to create an actual bus lay-by. There is one on the inbound lane adjacent to Market Square, but they stopped using it a few years ago. Then they positioned both bus stops opposite one another. Because the Number 4 runs at totally random times that meant when the outbound and inbound buses stopped simultaneously the road just got blocked.
Apparently the bus drivers don't like having a lay-by as they say people won't let them out. The road will no doubt still get blocked because of the speed restriction obstacles they're putting in, plus you only need more than 1 bus to stop to cause problems. Can't wait to go home tonight - not! The off-road cycle lane is a good idea but I see they're not bothering to do that first, cause that would be too much like common sense! Also, if there are lights during off peak times what is in place during peak times?! Nothing?
[quote][p][bold]gravitydrips[/bold] wrote: Good to hear their moving one of the bus stops but they need to create an actual bus lay-by. There is one on the inbound lane adjacent to Market Square, but they stopped using it a few years ago. Then they positioned both bus stops opposite one another. Because the Number 4 runs at totally random times that meant when the outbound and inbound buses stopped simultaneously the road just got blocked.[/p][/quote]Apparently the bus drivers don't like having a lay-by as they say people won't let them out. The road will no doubt still get blocked because of the speed restriction obstacles they're putting in, plus you only need more than 1 bus to stop to cause problems. Can't wait to go home tonight - not! The off-road cycle lane is a good idea but I see they're not bothering to do that first, cause that would be too much like common sense! Also, if there are lights during off peak times what is in place during peak times?! Nothing? MrsHoney
  • Score: 503

3:22pm Tue 26 Aug 14

retrorigg says...

so theyve had since june to do this but no they decide to do it just before term time starts again, ohh and while were on when are they replacing the speed bumps outside knavesmire primary school that were conviniently removed for the tour de france
so theyve had since june to do this but no they decide to do it just before term time starts again, ohh and while were on when are they replacing the speed bumps outside knavesmire primary school that were conviniently removed for the tour de france retrorigg
  • Score: 651

3:33pm Tue 26 Aug 14

MrsHoney says...

retrorigg wrote:
so theyve had since june to do this but no they decide to do it just before term time starts again, ohh and while were on when are they replacing the speed bumps outside knavesmire primary school that were conviniently removed for the tour de france
"The work was approved at a Cabinet member decision session on August 7"
[quote][p][bold]retrorigg[/bold] wrote: so theyve had since june to do this but no they decide to do it just before term time starts again, ohh and while were on when are they replacing the speed bumps outside knavesmire primary school that were conviniently removed for the tour de france[/p][/quote]"The work was approved at a Cabinet member decision session on August 7" MrsHoney
  • Score: 662

5:08pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Anna Gramme says...

Wonderful retro attitudes here. It's a bit like watching a Dr Who episode set in the 1960s.
Wonderful retro attitudes here. It's a bit like watching a Dr Who episode set in the 1960s. Anna Gramme
  • Score: 535

5:30pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Alf Garnett says...

What's the biggest item of discussion on today's Press site ? Traffic calming and pedestrianisation at the University. Slow news day.
What's the biggest item of discussion on today's Press site ? Traffic calming and pedestrianisation at the University. Slow news day. Alf Garnett
  • Score: 505

6:01pm Tue 26 Aug 14

non pedalling pete says...

retrorigg wrote:
so theyve had since june to do this but no they decide to do it just before term time starts again, ohh and while were on when are they replacing the speed bumps outside knavesmire primary school that were conviniently removed for the tour de france
Hopefully they will not be replaced.
[quote][p][bold]retrorigg[/bold] wrote: so theyve had since june to do this but no they decide to do it just before term time starts again, ohh and while were on when are they replacing the speed bumps outside knavesmire primary school that were conviniently removed for the tour de france[/p][/quote]Hopefully they will not be replaced. non pedalling pete
  • Score: 503

6:36pm Tue 26 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
I love it, The Morrell and B all buildings are on higher ground, therefore only Pedestrians can access, there is a car park behind, but getting there is a nightmare, dead ends, loading bays, building, rebuilding etc etc. Pity the Cash Strapped Council cant attempt anything on there own .
Are you translating your native language directly into English?
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: I love it, The Morrell and B all buildings are on higher ground, therefore only Pedestrians can access, there is a car park behind, but getting there is a nightmare, dead ends, loading bays, building, rebuilding etc etc. Pity the Cash Strapped Council cant attempt anything on there own .[/p][/quote]Are you translating your native language directly into English? notpedallingpaul
  • Score: 514

6:38pm Tue 26 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Older Sometimes Wiser wrote:
smudge2 wrote:
Oh no, another 20 mph zone which is unenforceable plus the usual car wrecking speed humps and the formula 1 style chicanes to negotiate round. What the university wants the university gets unlike the rest of the York ratepayers ( students are obviously exempt from that charge )..The pro council score manipulators will not like this comment...watch for the minus scores !!
How true!
"The improvements aim to make the area more accessible and safer for both students and residents, said a council spokeswoman."
I suspect that as usual these changes will infuriate everyone, students , residents and the employees of the various companies on the Science Park.
Ill thought out decisions made without consultation with those most likely to be affected.The University administrators and York City Council living in same "mindless" bubble!
Did Merrett and Hepworth have any input into this scheme?
[quote][p][bold]Older Sometimes Wiser[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: Oh no, another 20 mph zone which is unenforceable plus the usual car wrecking speed humps and the formula 1 style chicanes to negotiate round. What the university wants the university gets unlike the rest of the York ratepayers ( students are obviously exempt from that charge )..The pro council score manipulators will not like this comment...watch for the minus scores !![/p][/quote]How true! "The improvements aim to make the area more accessible and safer for both students and residents, said a council spokeswoman." I suspect that as usual these changes will infuriate everyone, students , residents and the employees of the various companies on the Science Park. Ill thought out decisions made without consultation with those most likely to be affected.The University administrators and York City Council living in same "mindless" bubble![/p][/quote]Did Merrett and Hepworth have any input into this scheme? notpedallingpaul
  • Score: 625

6:42pm Tue 26 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Anna Gramme wrote:
Wonderful retro attitudes here. It's a bit like watching a Dr Who episode set in the 1960s.
Yes I agree with you, speed humps, tables and cushions are old fashioned, free flowing roads are the way forward, glad your in agreement.
[quote][p][bold]Anna Gramme[/bold] wrote: Wonderful retro attitudes here. It's a bit like watching a Dr Who episode set in the 1960s.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree with you, speed humps, tables and cushions are old fashioned, free flowing roads are the way forward, glad your in agreement. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: 512

6:56pm Tue 26 Aug 14

strangebuttrue? says...

notpedallingpaul wrote:
Older Sometimes Wiser wrote:
smudge2 wrote:
Oh no, another 20 mph zone which is unenforceable plus the usual car wrecking speed humps and the formula 1 style chicanes to negotiate round. What the university wants the university gets unlike the rest of the York ratepayers ( students are obviously exempt from that charge )..The pro council score manipulators will not like this comment...watch for the minus scores !!
How true!
"The improvements aim to make the area more accessible and safer for both students and residents, said a council spokeswoman."
I suspect that as usual these changes will infuriate everyone, students , residents and the employees of the various companies on the Science Park.
Ill thought out decisions made without consultation with those most likely to be affected.The University administrators and York City Council living in same "mindless" bubble!
Did Merrett and Hepworth have any input into this scheme?
This is a Mr Merrett scheme twas he who passed it some months ago. So you can expect more congestion and pollution to add to the up to 48% increases this one man band has already achieved.
[quote][p][bold]notpedallingpaul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Older Sometimes Wiser[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: Oh no, another 20 mph zone which is unenforceable plus the usual car wrecking speed humps and the formula 1 style chicanes to negotiate round. What the university wants the university gets unlike the rest of the York ratepayers ( students are obviously exempt from that charge )..The pro council score manipulators will not like this comment...watch for the minus scores !![/p][/quote]How true! "The improvements aim to make the area more accessible and safer for both students and residents, said a council spokeswoman." I suspect that as usual these changes will infuriate everyone, students , residents and the employees of the various companies on the Science Park. Ill thought out decisions made without consultation with those most likely to be affected.The University administrators and York City Council living in same "mindless" bubble![/p][/quote]Did Merrett and Hepworth have any input into this scheme?[/p][/quote]This is a Mr Merrett scheme twas he who passed it some months ago. So you can expect more congestion and pollution to add to the up to 48% increases this one man band has already achieved. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: 501

7:45pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Paul Hepworth says...

Consultation was undertaken by CoYC with both CTC and York Cycle Campaign. You can read the Officers report and the Consultation feedback (annex C) at
http://democracy.yor
k.gov.uk/ieListDocum
ents.aspx?CId=738&MI
d=8528
Consultation was undertaken by CoYC with both CTC and York Cycle Campaign. You can read the Officers report and the Consultation feedback (annex C) at http://democracy.yor k.gov.uk/ieListDocum ents.aspx?CId=738&MI d=8528 Paul Hepworth
  • Score: 567

8:10pm Tue 26 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Paul Hepworth wrote:
Consultation was undertaken by CoYC with both CTC and York Cycle Campaign. You can read the Officers report and the Consultation feedback (annex C) at
http://democracy.yor

k.gov.uk/ieListDocum

ents.aspx?CId=738&am
p;MI
d=8528
Not using your nom de plume - pedalling paul - Mr Hepworth, still I thought this would have something to do with either you or Merrett.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Hepworth[/bold] wrote: Consultation was undertaken by CoYC with both CTC and York Cycle Campaign. You can read the Officers report and the Consultation feedback (annex C) at http://democracy.yor k.gov.uk/ieListDocum ents.aspx?CId=738&am p;MI d=8528[/p][/quote]Not using your nom de plume - pedalling paul - Mr Hepworth, still I thought this would have something to do with either you or Merrett. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: 686

8:52pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Cheeky face says...

retrorigg wrote:
so theyve had since june to do this but no they decide to do it just before term time starts again, ohh and while were on when are they replacing the speed bumps outside knavesmire primary school that were conviniently removed for the tour de france
The resurfacing on Campleshon rd has to be advised to the public utilities first. This is to confirm with Public Utilities and Street Works Act . Even so that should have anticipated by an efficient council.. Tour de France paid for some of the cost, but the exact ratio is unlikely to be revealed.
After the penultimate race meeting is my guess!

I trust the council have followed all the questions on the tick list sent out in 2013 before speed limit changes can be arranged. Did they follow that guidance for Twentys plenty?
[quote][p][bold]retrorigg[/bold] wrote: so theyve had since june to do this but no they decide to do it just before term time starts again, ohh and while were on when are they replacing the speed bumps outside knavesmire primary school that were conviniently removed for the tour de france[/p][/quote]The resurfacing on Campleshon rd has to be advised to the public utilities first. This is to confirm with Public Utilities and Street Works Act . Even so that should have anticipated by an efficient council.. Tour de France paid for some of the cost, but the exact ratio is unlikely to be revealed. After the penultimate race meeting is my guess! I trust the council have followed all the questions on the tick list sent out in 2013 before speed limit changes can be arranged. Did they follow that guidance for Twentys plenty? Cheeky face
  • Score: 505

6:13am Wed 27 Aug 14

Bad magic says...

Paul Hepworth wrote:
Consultation was undertaken by CoYC with both CTC and York Cycle Campaign. You can read the Officers report and the Consultation feedback (annex C) at
http://democracy.yor

k.gov.uk/ieListDocum

ents.aspx?CId=738&am
p;MI
d=8528
York's most boring one note pony strikes again. SHUTUP NO-ONE CARES HEPWORTH!
[quote][p][bold]Paul Hepworth[/bold] wrote: Consultation was undertaken by CoYC with both CTC and York Cycle Campaign. You can read the Officers report and the Consultation feedback (annex C) at http://democracy.yor k.gov.uk/ieListDocum ents.aspx?CId=738&am p;MI d=8528[/p][/quote]York's most boring one note pony strikes again. SHUTUP NO-ONE CARES HEPWORTH! Bad magic
  • Score: 504

2:23pm Wed 27 Aug 14

AGuyFromStresall says...

Bad magic wrote:
Paul Hepworth wrote:
Consultation was undertaken by CoYC with both CTC and York Cycle Campaign. You can read the Officers report and the Consultation feedback (annex C) at
http://democracy.yor


k.gov.uk/ieListDocum


ents.aspx?CId=738&am
p;am
p;MI
d=8528
York's most boring one note pony strikes again. SHUTUP NO-ONE CARES HEPWORTH!
So a bunch of car haters and a cyclist pressure group. Sounds like a balanced set of opinions.
Noticeable that the local parish council didn't want these measures but were overruled for seemingly no reason other than we "must" have traffic calming measures....
[quote][p][bold]Bad magic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul Hepworth[/bold] wrote: Consultation was undertaken by CoYC with both CTC and York Cycle Campaign. You can read the Officers report and the Consultation feedback (annex C) at http://democracy.yor k.gov.uk/ieListDocum ents.aspx?CId=738&am p;am p;MI d=8528[/p][/quote]York's most boring one note pony strikes again. SHUTUP NO-ONE CARES HEPWORTH![/p][/quote]So a bunch of car haters and a cyclist pressure group. Sounds like a balanced set of opinions. Noticeable that the local parish council didn't want these measures but were overruled for seemingly no reason other than we "must" have traffic calming measures.... AGuyFromStresall
  • Score: 1

2:54pm Wed 27 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

AGuyFromStresall wrote:
Bad magic wrote:
Paul Hepworth wrote: Consultation was undertaken by CoYC with both CTC and York Cycle Campaign. You can read the Officers report and the Consultation feedback (annex C) at http://democracy.yor k.gov.uk/ieListDocum ents.aspx?CId=738&am
p;am p;am p;MI d=8528
York's most boring one note pony strikes again. SHUTUP NO-ONE CARES HEPWORTH!
So a bunch of car haters and a cyclist pressure group. Sounds like a balanced set of opinions. Noticeable that the local parish council didn't want these measures but were overruled for seemingly no reason other than we "must" have traffic calming measures....
Yes but do you realise the only traffic it will calm are cars, thats because they are putting 'speed cushions' on the road, which will not affect buses as they can strdddle them, I have had a 'unibus, stuck to my back bumper trying to intimidate me down Heslinton Road past St Lawrences school, as my car suspension is quite stiff I have to negotiate the 'speed cushions' carefully, my recation is to drive even slower when the bus driver act this way, really P's thenm off.
So it would seem its the usual anti-car and push bike brigade who are the instigators of this, any comment Mr Hepworth, you can use your other name as well, you know pedalling paul
[quote][p][bold]AGuyFromStresall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bad magic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paul Hepworth[/bold] wrote: Consultation was undertaken by CoYC with both CTC and York Cycle Campaign. You can read the Officers report and the Consultation feedback (annex C) at http://democracy.yor k.gov.uk/ieListDocum ents.aspx?CId=738&am p;am p;am p;MI d=8528[/p][/quote]York's most boring one note pony strikes again. SHUTUP NO-ONE CARES HEPWORTH![/p][/quote]So a bunch of car haters and a cyclist pressure group. Sounds like a balanced set of opinions. Noticeable that the local parish council didn't want these measures but were overruled for seemingly no reason other than we "must" have traffic calming measures....[/p][/quote]Yes but do you realise the only traffic it will calm are cars, thats because they are putting 'speed cushions' on the road, which will not affect buses as they can strdddle them, I have had a 'unibus, stuck to my back bumper trying to intimidate me down Heslinton Road past St Lawrences school, as my car suspension is quite stiff I have to negotiate the 'speed cushions' carefully, my recation is to drive even slower when the bus driver act this way, really P's thenm off. So it would seem its the usual anti-car and push bike brigade who are the instigators of this, any comment Mr Hepworth, you can use your other name as well, you know pedalling paul notpedallingpaul
  • Score: 1

5:11pm Fri 29 Aug 14

gargantua says...

Paul Hepworth wrote:
Consultation was undertaken by CoYC with both CTC and York Cycle Campaign. You can read the Officers report and the Consultation feedback (annex C) at
http://democracy.yor

k.gov.uk/ieListDocum

ents.aspx?CId=738&am
p;MI
d=8528
First I knew of the current traffic calming measures was today, after reading a sign on the way out of Market Square. Your link to Annex C doesn't work, but it says, "The consultation literature was displayed locally by Heslington Parish Council. Only three responses have been received from local residents." This is strange given the number who attended the meeting 18 months ago when similar proposals for Field Lane and Main Street were thrown out because of virtually unanimous local opposition. Looks like we've been kept in the dark this time.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Hepworth[/bold] wrote: Consultation was undertaken by CoYC with both CTC and York Cycle Campaign. You can read the Officers report and the Consultation feedback (annex C) at http://democracy.yor k.gov.uk/ieListDocum ents.aspx?CId=738&am p;MI d=8528[/p][/quote]First I knew of the current traffic calming measures was today, after reading a sign on the way out of Market Square. Your link to Annex C doesn't work, but it says, "The consultation literature was displayed locally by Heslington Parish Council. Only three responses have been received from local residents." This is strange given the number who attended the meeting 18 months ago when similar proposals for Field Lane and Main Street were thrown out because of virtually unanimous local opposition. Looks like we've been kept in the dark this time. gargantua
  • Score: 1
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