Updated: Concrete blocks come to the Groves after planters were overturned on first night of traffic trial

3 Sep 2020 @ 8.02 am
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Concrete barriers have been installed in the Groves today (Thursday) after planters were overturned and barriers moved aside overnight.

These pictures show how planters, put across the road on Neville Terrace as part of the through-traffic ban introduced yesterday, were upturned last night.

This morning they had been righted – but the damage was still visible.

An overturned planter on Neville Terrace in the Groves on Wednesday night
Another view of last night’s damage
Back in place, but broken. Photograph: YorkMix

Elsewhere in the Groves cones blocking one street had been moved.

This morning, barriers had also been shifted on Lowther Street to enable traffic to go through, before being put back.

Staying put

The Lowther Street water barriers are now back in place and filled with concrete

Today the barriers on Lowther Street, previously filled with water, have been filled with concrete to ensure they stay put.

And the Neville Terrace planters are being replaced with concrete blocks.

How do you navigate the Groves now?

To reach the ‘bottom’ end of Lowther Street and streets off Brownlow Street you need  to approach from the Huntington Road end of Park Grove.

To reach the Eldon Street area access is from the Clarence Street end of Lowther Street. Exit is back onto Lowther Street and via March Street to Townend Street.

It comes after the first day of the traffic restrictions through the Groves had caused tempers to fray.

The road closures followed consultations with people who live in the area. They are designed to reduce the traffic congestion by preventing the streets being used as a through-route and limiting access to residents.

It is an 18-month trial. On Wednesday, transport lead on City of York Council Cllr Andy D’Agorne said he thought it would become permanent.

The changes have also removed a lot of parking spaces from the streets.

New double yellow lines on March Street