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Resurfacing works on key routes throughout May and June

Published Thursday, 14 May 2020

With essential frontline services continuing their work in the city, we'll be carrying out a series of road works on key routes throughout May and June, including resurfacing works.

We've worked hard to ensure crucial frontline services can continue despite the coronavirus pandemic. With many key workers currently using the road network, it is important that road conditions are maintained and improved in the city.

All crews carrying out the works will be operating under strict social distancing guidance due to the current coronavirus restrictions. All but essential maintenance have been paused during the outbreak of COVID-19.

We've worked with trade unions and our supply chain to develop new ways of working and have ensured works on the highway can happen in a safe way for front line operatives and the public, whilst roads are quieter than normal.

Works being undertaken from this month include:

Tadcaster Road (including St Helen’s Road)

Resurfacing works will take place from Wednesday 20 May between 9.00am and 5.00pm, for 4 weeks, working Monday to Friday only. In order to carry out the work safely, phased lane closures will be in place from the junction of Middlethorpe Drive to the junction of Knavesmire Road whilst works are taking place

Nunnery Lane

Resurfacing works will take place from Monday 15 June for 7 nights, working between 7.30pm and 5.00am Monday to Friday only. A full road closure from, but not including, the junction of Tower Street up to, but not including, the junction of Blossom Street will be necessary whilst works are taking place

Cyclists will have to dismount and use the footways/grass verges. Pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be free to use the footways at all times.

In addition to the above, we'll be carrying out kerbing and drainage works on Monday 8 June for a period of 1 week working from 9.15am to 4.00pm. These works will be carried out under local traffic management, will not affect access/egress and the road will be open as normal.

The diversion route for Nunnery Lane from City Centre end will be:

  • Queen Street
  • Station Road
  • Rougier Street
  • Bridge Street
  • Clifford Street
  • Tower Street

The diversion for Nunnery Lane from Bishopthorope Road end will be:

  • Scarcroft Road
  • The Mount
  • Blossom Street
  • Queen Street
  • Station Road
  • Rougier Street
  • Bridge Street
  • Clifford Street
  • Tower Street

James Street

The resurfacing works will take place from Wednesday 10 June for up to 4 nights, working between 7.30pm and 5.00am, Monday to Friday only. A full road closure from, but not including, the junction of Lawrence Street up to, but not including, the junction of Morrison’s will be necessary whilst works are taking place.

In addition to the above, we'll be carrying out kerbing and drainage works on Monday 1 June for a period of 7 days working Monday to Friday, from 9.15am to 4.00pm. These works will be carried out under local traffic management, will not affect access/egress and the road will be open as normal.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:

During this incredibly difficult period, it is important that the council continues with essential frontline services to support residents, businesses and key workers. That is why I am pleased that the council’s is releasing over £2.5 million to improve and upgrade the condition of our roads over the next few months.

“With less traffic on the road, there's an opportunity to improve a number of different roads in the city, while keeping disruption to a minimum. Since 2015, over £20 million pound has been invested to improve our highways and a further £25 million has been allocated in our recent budget to increase the scale and speed of improvements. Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, we remain committed to improving our highways, walking and cycling infrastructure across the city.”

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Executive Member for Transport, said:

The council is working hard to ensure crucial frontline services can continue despite the Coronavirus pandemic.

"With many key workers currently using the road network, it is important that road conditions are maintained and improved in the city.”

In order to carry out these works safely, a number of measures will be taken.

Staff will use ‘stop and go’ traffic control boards whilst works are taking place to manage lane closures, together with the use of a lead vehicle convoy system to guide traffic past the works at a safe and constant speed. This is to ensure that adequate health and safety is maintained for both local residents, the travelling public and the contractor

Site staff will be on hand to advise and assist residents about any access restrictions once the works are ongoing

All on-street parking in the working area and within close proximity to the works will be suspended at these times, although any specific access requirements may be arranged by speaking to the site traffic management operatives, who will co-ordinate with residents’ and businesses’ requirements around the ongoing construction operations. This will not affect access for residents or businesses and the road will be open as normal

Bus services will be running as normal, and although there may be slight delays as a consequence of the works, this will be kept to a minimum

Emergency services will be permitted through the works at all times. Please note that cyclists are advised to dismount and use the adjacent grass verges.

As with any construction work, there is likely to be a certain amount of disruption and inconvenience to the public. However, everything possible will be done to try to keep any disruption to a minimum at all times.

See further information about roadworks in York.