Hundreds fill in York junction survey

MORE than 700 people have had their say on plans for one of the biggest city centre road schemes earmarked for York in the last decade.

City of York Council is seeking the views of residents from all corners of the city on proposed improvements to the junction of Blossom Street, Nunnery Lane and Queen Street where the last three years have seen 25 accidents.

Three options which may be considered include installing new pedestrian crossings and may also involve removing lanes of traffic to make way for cycle routes, with the cost of any changes ranging from £475,000 to £575,000.

The potential schemes have been welcomed by cyclists and nearby schools, but came in for a chillier reception from motorists whose journeys from the edge of York to the crossing would be lengthened by any changes.

The consultation was launched on January 21 after the junction was earmarked as being one of York's most dangerous points for cyclists, and hundreds of completed questionnaires have now been sent to the council by post and online.

Coun Steve Galloway, the authority's executive member for city strategy, said: “We are trying to open up choices, especially for pedestrians and cyclists.

“None of these options will be popular with everybody, but we are asking people to take an objective view.”

The cost of any improvements would be backed by Cycling City funding, while the council is also looking at developing a new route for cyclists and pedestrians from Holgate Road to York Station, via Lowther Terrace, giving them an alternative to using Blossom Street.

Responses to the consultation must be received by March 26 and a public exhibition will be staged at Nunnery Lane car park on February 25 and 26, with the proposal plans on show at the council officers at 9 St Leonard's Place and Askham Bar Park&Ride site. Anybody who has not received a questionnaire should phone Richard Holland on 01904 551401 or log on to www.york.gov.uk/blossomstreet

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6:03pm Wed 3 Feb 10

Theendoftheworld says...

Come on you motorists - You have been warned. Don't let the cyclists and Galloway have their way!!
Come on you motorists - You have been warned. Don't let the cyclists and Galloway have their way!! Theendoftheworld

6:12pm Wed 3 Feb 10

Whistlejacket says...

All of the three options given prominence in the council's consultation leaflet would be an expensive way to gridlock this junction and the rest of the inner ring road.
Hidden away in the leaflet is a tick-box to vote for a fourth option,
"Do nothing"
This is the zero cost, zero disruption option. Please choose this option and send your leaflet back.
Don't fail to vote and then complain at the resulting chaos.
All of the three options given prominence in the council's consultation leaflet would be an expensive way to gridlock this junction and the rest of the inner ring road. Hidden away in the leaflet is a tick-box to vote for a fourth option, "Do nothing" This is the zero cost, zero disruption option. Please choose this option and send your leaflet back. Don't fail to vote and then complain at the resulting chaos. Whistlejacket

7:56pm Wed 3 Feb 10

D_Dutch says...

Hardly "hidden away"... It's just as prominent, placed next to the other 3 options, in a different colour!
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But i agree with your last point - that people should take the time to vote.
Hardly "hidden away"... It's just as prominent, placed next to the other 3 options, in a different colour! . But i agree with your last point - that people should take the time to vote. D_Dutch

7:57pm Wed 3 Feb 10

Rhino's Wellies says...

They'll do what they like anyway so why not make that an option on the form?
They'll do what they like anyway so why not make that an option on the form? Rhino's Wellies

10:59pm Wed 3 Feb 10

MissConstrood says...

picked option 4 - which wasnt as 'loud' as the other 3
picked option 4 - which wasnt as 'loud' as the other 3 MissConstrood

1:31pm Thu 4 Feb 10

Zebedee says...

Let another case going to public consultation. Once again they will ignore the wishes of the majority and go ahead with their plans regardless. Mark my words. Democracy rules!!
Let another case going to public consultation. Once again they will ignore the wishes of the majority and go ahead with their plans regardless. Mark my words. Democracy rules!! Zebedee

4:11pm Thu 4 Feb 10

On the ball York says...

The survey can be completed on line at http://www.york.gov.
uk/transport/Local_t
ransport_plan/blosso
m/

Only takes a couple of minutes and all options including the 'no change' one.
The survey can be completed on line at http://www.york.gov. uk/transport/Local_t ransport_plan/blosso m/ Only takes a couple of minutes and all options including the 'no change' one. On the ball York

7:41am Fri 5 Feb 10

yorkandproud says...

Perhaps the Lib Dems should be clearing up a few of the outstanding "c*ck ups", namely Barbican, Derwenthorpe, Germany Beck,York Station traffic jams, etc etc, before creating their next one.
Perhaps the Lib Dems should be clearing up a few of the outstanding "c*ck ups", namely Barbican, Derwenthorpe, Germany Beck,York Station traffic jams, etc etc, before creating their next one. yorkandproud

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