New safety measures for busy Monks Cross road

6 Nov 2013 @ 1.58 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

City of York Council is set to introduce a new cycle lane and crossing point on a busy route leading to one of York’s top retail and business destinations.

Following approval at a Cabinet Member decision session next week (Thursday 14 November), a new cycle / pedestrian route and toucan crossing point will be installed along part of Jockey Lane, leading to Monks Cross.

The scheme is part of a wider initiative to provide a continuous pedestrian/cycle route from York Business Park at Poppleton, to eventually link the route with the retail outlet at Monks Cross and taking in Clifton Moor and residential areas of Rawcliffe, New Earswick, and Huntington by creating an ‘Outer Orbital Route’ for pedestrians and cyclists.

In addition to the new safety measures, proposals also include a change to the existing road surface on Jockey Lane, which would serve to reduce maintenance costs and improve traffic / pedestrian safety.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “Our aspiration is to link up the residential, business and retail areas in this part of the city. Together, these measures aim to increase the use of sustainable and healthy travel modes and offer a real alternative to using the car.”

Following approval, the scheme will be part funded by a £150,000 investment from the council’s Local Transport Plan and its four-year Local Sustainable Transport Fund (i-Travel York initiative) made possible by £4.6 million of government funding which the council successfully bid for in 2011 – specifically targeted at improving pedestrian and cycle facilities in the north of the city.

A consultation has taken place with local residents, the Parish Council, North Yorkshire Police, local businesses, relevant councillors and relevant road user organisations. The replies were generally supportive of the principle of the proposals.


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