From Sunday 19 September we will be improving the junction of Bootham, Gillygate and St Leonard's Place. We expect the works to take 5 weeks to complete.
We'll be refurbishing the junction of Bootham, Gillygate and St Leonards Place by installing new equipment at the junction, which is cheaper to run and more reliable.
These works will also include:
- installing new ducting under the footpaths and carriageway to carry the cabling for the junction making it easier to repair the junction as required in the future
- making minor changes to the pedestrian crossings of Bootham and Gillygate, including the widening of pedestrian waiting areas and the relaying of tactile paving
- replacing the damaged pedestrian guard railing round the junction
- repairing and relaying of the footway in the area directly round the junction
The works are part of our Traffic Signal Asset Renewal (TSAR) Programme, which was approved in November 2015 and set out a plan to update many junctions across the city.
Location of Bootham and Gillygate junction improvements
Time frames for the works
Works begin from Sunday 19 September. We expect the works to take 5 weeks to complete.
To help minimise disruption and complete the works as quickly as possible, work will typically be carried out between 9.00am and 8.00pm 7 days a week.
From Monday 4 October to Thursday 7 October the working hours will be from 9.00am to 11.00pm, to allow for works on Bootham to take place.
To allow us to do the works as effectively and safely as possible, the following restrictions will be in place during the works:
- closure of Gillygate to all motor vehicles at the junction with Bootham and St Leonard’s Place from Sunday 19 September to Saturday 2 October, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with diversions in place
- night time closure of Bootham at the junction with Gillygate and St Leonard's Place from 7.00pm to 11.00pm, from Monday 4 October to Thursday 7 October to all motor vehicles - with diversions in place
- suspension of the taxi rank on St Leonard’s Place near Bootham Bar
- reduction of St Leonards Place outbound highway to a single lane
The need for improvements
Recent maintenance surveys have shown the cabling supplying power to the traffic lights is damaged and at risk of imminent failure. If this happened we wouldn’t be able to repair the problem and the site would be non-operational, which would cause a risk to public safety.
We were looking to undertake works at this location in early 2022 but given the issues identified we are bring the works forward to deliver urgently.
It has also been identified through the survey that the signals may pose a risk of electrocution to members of the public because of damaged electrical cables. Although this risk is slight, we will be acting quickly to push forward the works, originally planned to take place next year.
We would like to reassure everyone that basic electrical safety features are still in place and operating correctly.
We have considered turning the junction off immediately and installing temporary signals until construction can start in September.
Whilst this would completely mitigate the risk of electrocution, the use of temporary signals will not be implemented due to a number of separate factors and risks, including:
- that the basic electrical safety features are still in place and operating correctly
- should an electrical fault occur protective devices will shut down safely with no risk of injury
- the maintenance contractor has not condemned the junction or recommended that it be turned off immediately
- temporary traffic signals would result in reduced capacity at a junction and in turn cause significantly increased congestion
- motorists and pedestrians are more likely to take risks when passing through a junction using temporary signals
Impact on traffic
The junction will be operating under temporary signals and with lane closures to allow us to undertake the works safely during construction. Phasing of the signals will only allow for one arm of the junction to operate at a time, and with an "all red stage" to stop the flow of traffic from all directions included to allow pedestrians to cross the carriageway safely. Diversions will be in place.
Motorists are expected to experience significant delays while the works are underway. We will be managing the network to reduce delays but drivers are asked to plan their journey carefully and leave plenty of time. We are advising motorists that regularly travel through this location to plan an alternative route where possible.
Emergency services will be given the most up-to-date information as soon as it is available, and we will help them in any way we can.
The Taxi rank to the front of Bootham Bar will be suspended for the duration of the works.
Impact on pedestrians
Extensive footway works will mean that pedestrians will need to be diverted into fenced off temporary walkways running along sections of carriageway, or diverted around the junction.
Temporary signalised crossings will be in provided during construction to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. There will be some temporary footway closures in place to allow works to be undertaken and traffic marshalls will be on site to direct pedestrians accordingly during these diversions.
Impact on cyclists
Cyclists are advised to take extra care when travelling through the road works as carriageway space will be impacted by the safety barriers required during the site works.
Both Gillygate and Bootham will remain open to cyclists during their periods of closure subject to suitable traffic management provisions being installed, which maintain the safety of the workforce and pedestrians and cyclists moving through the site. This provision will be monitored throughout the closures and cyclists are asked to take extra care when moving through the construction area and follow the signed routes.
Impact on buses
During the road closures of Bootham and Gillygate there will be significant impact to the operation of the services which use these routes with diversions effecting operation of the usual timetable.
During the period of the Gillygate road closure:
- Reliance Service 40 will be diverted via Bootham, Burton Stone Lane and Crichton Avenue and will not service its regular stops at Clarence Street or York Hospital.
- First York Services 1, 5 and 5a will be diverted via Rougier Street, Stonebow and Lord Mayors Walk and will not service their regular stops at Gillygate and York Theatre Royal.
- First York Service 6 will be diverted via Bootham and Burton Stone Lane and will not service its regular stops at York Hospital, Clarence Street and Gillygate.
- CitySightSeeing and Golden Tours will be diverted via Bootham, Burton Stone Lane, Crichton Avenue, Wigginton Road and Clarence Street and will not service their regular stop on Gillygate.
During the period of the Bootham road closure:
- First York Service 2 will terminate at Station Avenue and will not service its regular stops at Museum Gardens, Ingram House and Clifton Green (outbound.)
For information on services customers are encouraged to use the iTravelYork website for more information.
You can also refer to this page, which will be updated throughout the course of the works.
Impact on residents and businesses
Access will be retained to all businesses and properties during construction, but we ask that residents and businesses are patient and cooperate where possible
We apologise for any disruption that these urgent works cause. We ask that if you have any issues please speak to the staff on site and we’ll try to correct straight away if we can. If they can’t help you then please get in touch with the team directly and we’ll try to help.
The TSAR Project team will be visiting business properties in close proximity to the works prior to commencement to discuss access requirements and delivery schedules, to further inform the construction programme and to identify potential opportunities to reduce the impact of these works.
Traffic Marshalls will be on site to assist throughout the works.
Waste collection schedules will not be impacted during the works but the normal time of collection may be impacted by traffic congestion.
Burton Stone Lane
It will be necessary to suspend on street parking along two sections of Burton Stone Lane during the closures of Gillygate and Bootham in order to facilitate the use of the road as a diversion route for local bus services. The parking suspension will apply 24 hours a day, 7 days per week between the Sunday 19 September and the Friday 8 October 2021. The areas to which the suspension applies will be clearly signed and marked using No Waiting cones.
Parking suspensions will be in place on both sides of Burton Stone Lane:
- between the junctions with Lumley Road and Cromer Street
- between the junctions of Field View and Crichton Avenue
There will be several diversions in place, one for the closure of Gillygate, and one for the closure of Bootham.
Diversions around Gillygate
Northbound traffic approaching from St Leonards Place will be diverted via Bootham, Burton Stone Lane, Crichton Avenue, Wigginton Road and Clarence Street.
Northbound traffic approaching from Bootham will be diverted via St Leonards Place, Museum Street, Station Road, Queen Street, Nunnery Lane, Bishopgate Street, Tower Street, Paragon Street, Barbican Road, Foss Islands Road, Jewbury and Lord Mayors Walk.
Southbound traffic approaching from Lord Mayors Walk will be diverted via Clarence Street, Wigginton Road, Crichton Avenue, Burton Stone Lane and Bootham.
Southbound traffic approaching from Clarence Street will be diverted via Lord Mayors Walk, Monkgate, Foss Bank, Foss Islands Road, Barbican Road, Paragon Street, Fawcett Street, Fishergate, Tower Street, Bishopgate Street, Nunnery Lane, Queen Street, Station Road, Museum Street and St Leonards Place.
Diversions around Bootham
Westbound traffic approaching from St Leonards place will be diverted via Gillygate, Clarence Street, Wigginton Road, Crichton Avenue, Burton Stone Lane and Bootham.
Westbound traffic approaching from Gillygate will be diverted via St Leonards Place, Museum Street, Station Road, Queen Street, Blossom Street, Holgate Road, Poppleton Road and Water End.
Eastbound traffic approaching from Shipton Road/Water Lane will be diverted via Water End, Poppleton Road, Holgate Road, Blossom Street, Queen Street, Station Road, Museum Street and St Leonards Place.