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£600k plan for new bus lanes into York
A £600,000 scheme to improve bus links into York is expected to be approved today.
Proposals for the second and third phases of the bus lanes and other work, which will tie in with the construction of a new Park&Ride site at Poppleton Bar, were sent out to public consultation last month.
Cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, Coun Dave Merrett , will be asked to approve the revised plans today. The first phase, covering the section of road between Plantation Drive and Princess Drive, has already been approved.
The second phase will cover the stretch of the A59 between Carr Lane and Water End. A report by Access York assistant project manager Matt Rudman said North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, whose Acomb station lies within this area, had raised concerns about the possibility of congestion caused by the move affecting their response times in emergencies.
Extra “keep-clear” markings have been proposed outside the station’s exit and warning lights may also be installed nearby, while transport officers have also removing pedestrian crossings to improve a cycle route in the area, as suggested by York Cycle Touring Club, should not happen.
Residents who took part in the consultation on the third section of the scheme, between Holgate Park Drive and Acomb Road, said they were worried the new bus lanes would lead to commuters parking in their streets, with Mr Rudman’s report saying the council had held talks with local businesses on the issue and steps would be taken to deal with it. It also said the plans had been altered to address concerns brought up by people living on Tisbury Road and Windmill Rise.
“Successful Park&Ride schemes depend upon a fast, reliable and high-quality bus service,” said the report, adding the bus measures would shave about five minutes off peak-time journeys.
“The works represent the most cost-effective and efficient way of prioritising public transport without introducing long delays for other road users.”