Road safety improvements for Joseph Rowntree School

23 Oct 2013 @ 10.43 am
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Issued by City of York Council

Pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from works to improve access and crossing points in and around Joseph Rowntree School in New Earswick.

Following approval at a Cabinet member decision session earlier this year construction of a new zebra crossing and off-road cycle links to the south of the school will start from Monday 28 October for approximately two weeks.

A key aim of the scheme, part of the wider School Safety Programme, is to facilitate and encourage walking and cycling on school journeys, reduce the number of cars on the network at key times, and promote sustainable travel habits at an early age – tying into the council’s wider i-Travel York initiative.

As a direct result of the review into walking and cycling in the vicinity of Joseph Rowntree Secondary School, pupils who lived south of the school were found to have fewer direct facilities.

To address this, the scheme has been developed to provide a raised zebra crossing where most pedestrians cross, and off-road cycle links to give less confident cyclists an alternative on this busy narrow road.

There were no objections to the principle of the scheme during consultation. To enable this work to be carried out safely and quickly, there will be a road closure on Sunday 3 November.

Part of the works will include constructing a raised speed table (raised area of road used as a traffic calming measure and crossing facility) on Haxby Road just south of the junction with Park Lodge.

On the same day, the opportunity will also be taken to construct a second speed table just south of the A1237 roundabout as part of the Haxby to Clifton Moor cycle route works.

While the road is closed, diversion routes will be signed via A1237, Strensall Road and North Moor Road in Huntington, Huntington Road, Link Road and Hawthorne Terrace, New Earswick.

As with any construction work, there is likely to be a certain amount of disruption and inconvenience, but everything reasonably possible will be done to keep this to a minimum.

For more information on the iTravel York initiative, including details on the new online Journey Planner, which helps people to plan their journeys around York at a touch of a button, go to the iTravel website..