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Trial traffic diversion to improve life in York residential area

Published Friday, 19 June 2020

To support residents’ requests to improve their quality of life, a trial to divert traffic from The Groves’ narrow streets onto major roads is being proposed.

The plans’ aims include increasing walking and cycling, and improving air quality in the community.

From a two-year regeneration project in the area, residents raised concerns about the disturbance and health implications to their community caused by two roads which cut through The Groves.

Plans to add to existing road blocks to divert through traffic from the narrow residential streets onto the larger roads were consulted on in February this year and involved residents, local businesses and community organisations.

Feedback from the first consultation has informed the plans further, and an experimental traffic regulation order and additional consultation is being proposed. Part of the £173,000 indicative funding from the Emergency Active Travel Fund will allow this neighbourhood traffic reduction trial to move ahead more quickly.

Subject to agreement, the diversions will begin in July with through traffic being diverted along Clarence Street, Lord Mayors Walk and Monkgate.

Taking into account residents’ responses to the first consultation, the changes to The Groves include:

  • close Lowther Street at its junction with Brownlow Street
  • close Penley’s Grove Street between St. John’s Crescent and March Street
  • close Earle Street close to its junction with Amber Street
  • close Neville Terrace close to its junction with Brownlow Street
  • make Penley’s Grove Street two way between March Street and the new closure point
  • make Penley’s Grove Street two way between Monkgate and the new closure point
  • close St. John Crescent between Penley’s Grove Street and Garden Street
  • make March Street one way except for cyclists
  • make Brownlow Street one way except for cyclists
  • merge the boundaries of residents parking zones R7, R10 and R25

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of the council and Executive Member for Transport, said:

“Walking and cycling has increased during lockdown with benefits for residents with better air quality and quality of life. This trial has been timed in part to benefit from additional funding and the gradual reopening of the city centre as we emerge from lockdown.

“The scheme has been amended to take account of feedback gathered from our consultation in February and I will be considering all views at Monday’s decision session.”

This work will be co-ordinated as part of the council’s Economic Recovery Strategy, which will be delivered over the next few months. The strategy focuses on prioritising active travel, and creating a more people-focused city centre. These measures will be delivered at pace to best accelerate the recovery of the economy, allowing businesses to open safely through June, whilst protecting residents’ safety.

The decision session for the Executive Member for Transport will be held on Monday 22 June at 11am. Read more here