- Meeting of Decision Session - Executive Member for Transport, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 9.30 am (Item 27.)
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Agenda item 4). Hopgrove Lane South - Proposed Left Turn Lane at the junction of Malton Road.
Dr Karen Nash, local resident, spoke in support of this proposal and commented that she had noticed a significant increase in traffic since the Vanguard development at Monks Cross had opened and expressed concern that traffic levels would further increase once the new stadium with community facilities was fully open. Traffic was regularly backed up the whole length of Hopgrove Lane and posed problems in terms of noise, pollution and accessibility to properties.
Cllr Fisher, Ward Member for Strensall, echoed the points made by the previous speaker. He had petitioned for this proposal three years ago and had gained 170 signatures, demonstrating the clear need for this proposal. The officer recommendation had been that no further action be taken on the grounds of cost and that the junction improvements would only be of benefit to car users, however, residents in the area had no choice but to use a car to get to Monks Cross as there were no buses, footpaths or safe cycle lanes. He requested that the Executive Member either approve the proposed scheme or request further traffic modelling as to how the general transport and specific traffic situation at Hopgrove could be improved, with consideration to traffic lights and a cycle lane on Malton Road. He also requested that the right turn not be prohibited.
Agenda item 5). Emergency Active Travel Fund
Mr Dave Merrett, local resident welcomed the majority of proposals in the officer report, particularly the provision of cycle lanes on Shipton Road north accompanied by the reduction in speed limit. However, he had serious concerns regarding the removal of the ghost island and various right turn boxes between the Rawcliffe Lane junction and the Rawcliffe Bar park and ride site as approximately 90 per cent of potential users would be residents living either side of the cycle lane on Shipton Road. There were a number of facilities on the west side of the road, therefore the ability to cross, for pedestrians and cyclists who may want to turn in and out of Shipton Road, was crucial, and would be made unsafe by this proposal and would result in a reduction of cyclists. He was also disappointed with the removal of the temporary cycle lane at Castle Mills Bridge on Tower Street and requested that
bus and cycle lane measures be considered.
Mr Peter Sheaf, representative of York Cycle Campaign, echoed the points made by the previous speaker and added that he appreciated that the officer report had an openness to cycling as a viable means of transport throughout the City. Regarding the officer recommendation of option 1 at Castle Mills Bridge on Tower Street Castle Bridge, he advised that further consideration be given to option 2 ‘to continue with the temporary restriction, with a periodic review’.
The Executive Member thanked each of the speakers for their contributions which he had noted for consideration under each of these agenda items.