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The Groves low traffic neighbourhood trial

We've been working closely with residents of The Groves for the last 2 years on The Groves Regeneration Project, looking at ways to make this an even better place to live.

Local people have said they want:

  • better air quality
  • less and slower traffic
  • the chance to build on the existing sense of community

Streets which are less congested and less car-dominated can lead to:

  • improved road safety
  • better air quality
  • more walking and cycling
  • improved health and wellbeing

Reduced congestion may also lead to more social interaction, more community activities and less isolation, as people feel safer and more confident being out and about in the area.

These aims support our priorities of promoting sustainable travel choices and reducing traffic in residential areas.

See further information about The Groves low traffic neighbourhood trial:

The Groves Decision

In October 2019 we considered and agreed an outline plan to reduce through traffic in The Groves.

In February 2020 we consulted residents and local businesses about trialling a scheme to introduce a number of road closure points and changes to traffic routes. These will prevent unnecessary through traffic while maintaining essential access to and from homes and businesses.

In June 2020 we approved detailed plans for the scheme.

See the agenda, decisions and minutes for the Decision Session, Executive Member for Transport, Monday 22 June 2020 (item 76).

This includes details of the The Groves Area Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO), and supporting documents.

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Road closures and traffic changes

The closures and traffic changes started on 2 September 2020. Under the ETRO they are planned to be in place for a minimum of 6 months, and can continue as experimental for up to 18 months.

Map showing new closure points and changes to highway restrictions due to the Groves Trial

New closure points are in place at 5 locations:

  • the junction of Lowther Street and Brownlow Street
  • St John's Crescent
  • Penley's Grove Street
  • Neville Terrace
  • Earle Street

These closure points prevent vehicles passing through, but are open to walkers and cyclists.

In addition to the new closure points, the following changes were made:

  • the existing closure point at Neville Terrace was removed to allow more direct access to Haxby Road from that side of The Groves
  • Brownlow Street and March Street became one-way streets, except for cyclists
  • Penley's Grove Street became two-way, to allow traffic to exit onto Monkgate from this part of The Groves

We listened to your feedback on the low traffic neighbourhood trial since it opened. From 24 November 2020 we made the following additional changes to the trial:

  • changed the position of the road closure on St. John's Crescent. We’ve relocated it at the junction with Garden Street. Removable bollards were installed for part of the closure to provide a secondary emergency access route to streets off Garden Street/St John Street. Access to St John’s Crescent is via Penley's Grove Street
  • removed 2.4m of on-street parking on both sides of St John Street near the junction with Garden Street to create more turning space at the junction
  • changed the position of the road closure at the junction between Neville Terrace, Park Grove and Brownlow Street, to stop some drivers bypassing the road closures via the alleyways between Neville Terrace, Eldon Terrace and Amber Street
  • remove the parking bay adjacent to 25 Neville Terrace to allow larger vehicles, including emergency vehicles, to move more easily
  • extended a parking bay on Park Grove to maintain parking capacity
  • implemented a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) to waive Pay & Display charges for six months at the parking areas near the shops on Lowther Street and next to the shop on Townend Street (between Abbot Street and Del Pyke)

Details of the decisions are available here.

Cycle routes in all directions throughout The Groves continue to be available and to benefit from less traffic.

A small number of parking spaces were removed or relocated to make room for turning points at the closures, and the existing resident parking zones merged so that local people can park more flexibly.

For alternative ways to travel across or within the city, visit iTravel York.

Residents are also working with The Groves Association and The Groves Regeneration Project to develop new community initiatives which build on the quieter, low-traffic streets, such as a Groves History Trail.

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Review of The Groves Trial

During the trial, officers may adjust the scheme in response to residents’ experience and feedback. The scheme can be made permanent at any point as long as it has been in place, unchanged, for at least 6 months.

Before a final decision is made on the trial, a letter will be issued to all local residents, inviting their feedback. Any feedback received, which will be welcomed from everyone experiencing the trial, will be given to the Executive Member for Transport to decide whether the measures should be made permanent, should be adjusted or removed.

The last consultation on The Groves trial ended on 14 November 2021. Residents are still able to observe the measures and reflect on how they are working and pass on their comments by email to:

Read the The Groves Low Traffic Neighbourhood Trial consultation Privacy Notice.

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The Groves Trial Road Safety Audit

A Stage 3 Road Safety Audit was undertaken for the low traffic neighbourhood trial in April and May 2021.

View a copy of The Groves Low Traffic Neighbourhood Trial Stage 3 Road Safety Audit.

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Also see

The Groves Trial

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