Tadcaster Road changes
We're holding drop-in sessions where you can come and look at plans and talk about the proposed Tadcaster Road improvements.
The drop-in sessions will be held at St Edward’s Church, on Tadcaster Road:
- Sunday 27 November from 12.30pm to 4.00pm - Church Community Hall
- Tuesday 29 November from 5.00pm to 8.00pm - Church Meeting Room
One of the busiest roads in York is set to benefit from £6.4 million of improvements. The improvements to Tadcaster Road are set to be made in 2023 to ensure that the road can continue to cope with current and future travel demands, and to create a safer and more attractive environment which supports and encourages more people to walk, cycle and use the bus.
The improvements, which include essential maintenance work to upgrade the drainage and lighting and proposed measures to encourage more people to walk, cycle and use the bus, will ensure that the road continues to cope with the current and future travel demands and create a safer and attractive environment for all.
Funding for the scheme comes from 2 sources:
- The walking, cycling and bus improvements are being funded by £1.4 million from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) Transforming Cities Fund, which is helping to transform gateways to towns and cities across the region by making it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport.
- In addition to this, last year the council secured £5 million of funding from Department for Transport’s (DfT) Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund. This funding will mean essential maintenance and improvement work to the drainage, lighting and the surfaces of the road and pavements can also take place.
Both schemes are proposed to be delivered simultaneously so that disruption to residents, businesses and the users of Tadcaster Road can be minimised and overall costs reduced.
Gas network repairs will be being carried out by Northern Gas Networks ahead of the improvements works. These works will be carried out from 10 October 2021 for 16 to 20 weeks.
Tadcaster Road consultation
City of York Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority held a consultation to invite views on this scheme, which will improve walking, cycling and bus travel on one of York’s busiest routes.
The consultation was held to inform the next stage of creating more detailed designs. The consultation related to £1.4 million proposed walking, cycling and bus improvements.
Not all the proposals included in the consultation may be feasible or affordable. If major changes are suggested, then another consultation could take place.
The Tadcaster Road improvements consultation is now closed, it took place between the 23 of August and 19 September 2021.
This web page and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Your Voice website will be updated with a short anonymised report summarising the responses as soon as this information has been reviewed.
The need for improvements on Tadcaster Road
This work is needed to create a safer and attractive environment for all road users but particularly for people using active or sustainable means to travel.
We've set ambitious but necessary targets to become a net zero carbon economy by 2030. To achieve this we need to give priority to public transport and increase safety of walking and cycling to help make more efficient use of road space and promote healthy active travel modes.
The proposed walking, cycling and bus improvement scheme aims to achieve this by:
- making improvements to support and encourage people to walk, cycle and use the bus
- making travelling by bus more convenient and reliable
- creating safer and more attractive routes for people on bikes and on foot
Tadcaster Road is one of York’s busiest corridors. There are serious defects in the drainage which meaning this route particularly suffers during times of heavy rain and localised surface water flooding.
In time the proposed scheme would:
- reduce congestion
- improve air quality
- improve the health and wellbeing of residents
- improve the quality of the overall highway
- resurface the route so it is fit-for-purpose
- deliver improvements to the road’s drainage
- reduce localised surface water flooding
- improve the route for motorists and cyclists
- support the local economy and the wider area
- ensure the road is maintenance-free for the next 10 years
Gas network improvements
We've been proactively working with all the major utility companies to coordinate all future work in and around Tadcaster Road. During this process it became apparent that Northern Gas Networks (NGN), were due to carry out major works to their services at Tadcaster Road by 2025.
The council and NGN have agreed to coordinate our programmes of works for the benefit of the larger Tadcaster Road scheme. This coordination of works will see NGN advance their programme for delivery.
Gas network repairs will now be being carried out from 10 October 2021 for 16 to 20 weeks.
We recently resurfaced a section of Tadcaster Road that was in need of urgent repairs between The Horseshoe and St Aubyns Place. The council was not made aware of the need for major gas works before that area was resurfaced.
The gas network repair works will be carried out on the inbound carriageway only. As these works will affect 50% of the recently surfaced road, the council will resurface this affected section again by recycling the material on site.
Whilst it is not an ideal situation, we would rather sacrifice a small part of the works that have been undertaken already rather than risk the digging up of the major £5 million scheme in a few years’ time for the Northern Gas Networks scheme.
Map of the Tadcaster Road improvements
The current scope of the £5 million highways maintenance works includes the stretch of road from the A64 to Blossom Street.
Impact on traffic and pedestrians
Once detailed designs have been produced the construction dates will be confirmed; the construction could start in early 2023.
Due to the size and complexity of the proposed works the improvements will most likely be introduced in phases.
A traffic management plan will be created in advance, alongside NGN, and communicated to residents and businesses.
These works will be delivered under lane closures and traffic lights, which will be monitored closely by on-site traffic marshalls.
Journey times may be affected, however we will be doing everything we can to keep this to a minimum. Residents and visitors are urged to plan ahead, allow more time for journeys on these routes which will be busier than normal and to consider alternatives and to use public transport where possible.
Temporary crossing points will be available at all times during the works to ensure that all pedestrian crossings that are currently available are maintained.
Pedestrian access, access to all properties, and all businesses will be maintained at all times. We will be engaging with traders and businesses in the area to help promote the “open as usual” message. Vehicular access for deliveries will be maintained.
Bus services will generally be operating as normal for the majority of the works.
Full details will be communicated in advance of the works, including letters to residents and businesses. Traffic marshalls will be on hand to assist if vehicle access is prohibited or to assist with pedestrians crossing the road.
We would like to apologise for any disruption that the works cause, but restrictions are in place to keep residents and visitors safe.