Major work planned at one of York’s busiest junctions
Big changes are planned for one of the main traffic junctions in York city centre.
City of York Council is planning upgrades to the Gillygate, Bootham and St Leonard’s junction, as part of the traffic signal asset renewal (TSAR) project.
And it wants to hear what residents and businesses think of a new scheme improve pedestrian access at one of the busiest junctions in the city centre.
The TSAR project involves installing new signalling equipment – but also provides an opportunity to consider different options that could enhance the whole area for pedestrians and cyclists.
Two possible designs have been prepared, both would replace all the signals and increase the width of space for pedestrians waiting to cross Gillygate.
Option A is the simplest design with little change to the existing layout while option B would provide more pedestrian space and improve the historic setting of the area.
It would also allow for an ‘all green’ pedestrian phase across all arms of the junction, with no need to wait half way across when crossing from the Art Gallery to Bootham Bar and a less traffic dominated area.
However, the removal of the left turn lane from St Leonard’s Place to Bootham, and the changed signal phasing, would increase traffic delays and queues at peak times, with potential impact on air quality in Gillygate and Bootham.
Tell the council what you think:
Views are being sought on which design residents and businesses prefer and why, between Monday 1 March until Wednesday 31 March, and can be submitted, by:
- Completing the short online survey at york.gov.uk/consultations
- Emailing views to: [email protected]
- Writing to: TSAR Programme, Transport Systems, Corporate Directorate of Economy and Place, West Offices, York, YO1 6GA.
In addition to the above, over 650 properties in the immediate vicinity of the junction will be sent details of the consultation and offered assistance if they cannot view the design options online.
Feedback will be presented to the Executive Member for Transport meeting in May before any further decisions on how the scheme will be taken forward are made.