Residents are saying ‘enough is enough’ – as they face 350 bus journeys a day down their street.
People living on Skeldergate say they have been waiting years for promised action on the issue, but nothing has been done.
Members of Skeldergate Residents Survey Group had a meeting with councillors after YorkMix raised their concerns in June.
Their survey of householders found that 23 people had either had an accident or a near miss when walking, cycling or driving on Skeldergate – and 71% wanted to see a reduction in the number of buses using the street.
But now they say more buses are proposed.
A spokesperson for the group said: “The number of buses using Skeldergate are expected to increase to 350 a day when the Poppleton park and ride scheme is re-instated.
“On race days we now have buses cutting through Skeldergate on the return journey from the racecourse.
“Now that Terry Avenue is open again to Rowntree Park and it is the summer holidays there are a lot more families on bikes using this road. The possibility of a serious accident here is very real and action is obviously required before this event happens.”
Noise and fumes
Residents met with transport lead on City of York Council Cllr Andy D’Agorne, and Labour Micklegate ward councillor Jonny Crawshaw earlier this month.
They told them of ongoing problems with the road, including traffic speeding, noise, fumes and vibration.
They said ward money previously available to tackle some of the issues was never spent, promised work had not progressed.
Residents were told that York council’s highways department consider Skeldergate a “low priority for any work or improvements” – even though it is mainly residential, apart from four businesses.
The spokesperson said: “Enough is enough. We need action now – not in months or years.”
YorkMix contacted City of York Council for a response but hasn’t heard back.