Key York city centre road now closed for two weeks
Gillygate closed to traffic today (Sunday).
It will be shut for two weeks, as work begins to replace faulty traffic lights at the Bootham junction. Cyclists can still use the road.
“Motorists are expected to experience significant delays while the works are underway,” said City of York Council, which is carrying out the work.
“The council will be managing the network to reduce delays but drivers are asked to plan their journey carefully and leave plenty of time and to plan an alternative where possible.”
At the same junction, outbound traffic has been reduced to a single lane at St Leonard’s Place.
The signals upgrade has been brought forward because damaged electrical cables pose a small risk of electrocution to people using the junction.
The work will last for five weeks. These restrictions will be in place:
- Closure of Gillygate at the junction with Bootham / St Leonard’s Place 24/7 from Sunday 19 September to Saturday 2 October to all motor vehicles
- Night-time closure of Bootham at the junction with Gillygate / St Leonard’s Place from 7pm til 11pm on Monday 4 October to Thursday 7 October to all motor vehicles
- Suspension of the taxi rank on St Leonard’s Place near Bootham Bar
- Reduction of St Leonard’s Place outbound to a single lane.
Buses will divert as follows:
- Services 1, 5 and 5A will divert via Rougier St, Stonebow and Lord Mayor’s Walk in both directions. Exhibition Square Interchange and Gillygate will not be served. Buses will call at Rougier St and Stonebow.
- Service 6 will divert via Bootham and Burton Stone Lane in both directions.
York Hospital, Clarence St and Gillygate will not be served. Buses will call at all stops on Burton Stone Lane.
- Service 40 will divert via Bootham, Burton Stone Lane and Crichton Avenue in both directions. York Hospital, Clarence St and Gillygate will not be served.
I suppose it comes as no surprise that Gillygate is to be closed for two weeks. All that time with no traffic on the street, to all this time with no traffic moving on the street. To be sure, although forward planning seems to have deserted the City Council, they have provided helpful alternatives: motorists must make their own creative decisions on the best way to get to work, whilst public transport will now join the York Tour buses in a leisurely trip all around this historic city. But what about the emergency services? Surely, some provisions have been planned, some thought as to how the ambulances in particular can get through? How they can best navigate their necessary, direct path to York Hospital? Let us hope so.