- Meeting of Decision Session - Executive Member for Transport, Monday, 18 January 2021 10.00 am (Item 48.)
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It was reported that there had been six registrations to speak at the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme. However, due to technical issues one speaker was unable to participate in the meeting.
Cllr D Smalley thanked officers for work that had been undertaken regarding item 4 and the proposal to invest in the junction. He highlighted support at a Ward Meeting for the introduction of a right turn, as well as, the introducing a hatched area to stop traffic leaving towards the ring road blocking Hurricane Way and improved signage to assist drivers to be in the correct lane at the junction. It was requested that anti idling signage be introduced in the area and that the TSL program include parish councils in consultations in future schemes.
Cllr S Waudby also spoke regarding item 4, as a Ward Member, highlighting delays in traffic at the junction and the requests for a right turn at the junction from residents. She highlighted that the new Clifton Moor Gate estate would add additional traffic in the. While option 2 came with additional expenditure she requested that the option 2 be support believing that with a new estate being developed that it would be a missed opportunity to not progress with option 2 in the report.
Cristian Santabarbara spoke on behalf of York IWGB and requested amendments be made to the York footstreet restrictions, to allow cyclists working in the gig economy to cycle through the footstreets area as part of their work. He noted current restrictions left workers in danger of fines and lose of work due to time lost on delivers due to having to travel through the city of foot. He also highlighted the role cycle curriers had had during the pandemic to allow restaurants to remain open and the increased number of services curriers had performed for residents including those shielding.
Andy Shrimpton spoke on behalf of the York Cycle Campaign regarding item 10 and welcomed the Council committing to £650,000 match funding in the Active Travel Fund. He noted the importance of public consultations ahead of the proposed schemes and recommended the council involve independent experts to run the consultation. He requested that the Executive Member maintain greater oversight of the schemes than was proposed in the report to ensure the schemes delivered fit within the wider transport strategy. He noted the importance of a pipeline of future walking and cycling schemes, but requested that objectives be more tightly defined and commitment to reach net zero by 2030 and car free by 2023 be included.
Cllr R Melly highlighted the positive impact the E-Scooter trial had had so far, but requested that further work be undertaken to allow E-Scooters and E-Bikes to be used beyond the outer ring road to support residents living further away from the city centre from benefiting from their use. In relation to item 10 she noted that Government had supported the schemes but did not award full funding and enquired as to why this was and whether it would be a problem in relation to delivery. Finally she noted the need for schemes to be undertaken urgently, such as Acomb Road which had been resurfaced in the summer of 2020 but had not yet had new road markings installed.
Officers noted that in relation to Government funding for the Active Travel Fund, that the Council did not receive all the funding it had applied for. Firstly this was because the Council had applied for additional funding over and above its nominal funding allowance. While the Council received 95% of its bid for funding, it was noted that, the inclusion of some advisory cycle lanes in the Council’s proposed schemes did not meet the Department for Transport’s required mandatory cycle lanes.