Published Thursday, 17th October 2019

City of York Council is considering introducing new traffic measures in the Groves.

Following a regeneration project which has identified through traffic as a barrier dividing the community, contributing to poor air quality and road danger close to a primary school.

A report detailing the work, which would close local streets to through traffic for a trial period, is being taken to a public councillor decision session meeting on Thursday 24 October.

Subject to the decision, and the outcome of further detailed design work to confirm the best way to reduce traffic while maintaining access, the trial would be introduced after roadworks planned on Lord Mayors Walk/Monkgate area are complete in spring 2020. 

Officers have already carried out initial transport modelling work to determine the impact of the potential closure of through routes. This indicates that there would be some impact on traffic on surrounding roads, but that on balance it could be of overall long term benefit making walking and cycling safer and more attractive in the area.

The changes would ensure local access (to properties and local shops) is still maintained.

Cllr Andy DAgorne, Executive Member for Transport, said: We are listening to residents who are telling us that they are very concerned about the daily build-up of through-traffic, through the narrow roads down Lowther Street, Penleys Grove Street and Neville Street.

Residents feel that there is a barrier dividing the community which threatens safety both in terms of risk of accidents and poor air quality. It also puts people off getting out and about and meeting up with neighbours - particularly families with children and older people with limited mobility.

We dont want to stop people from accessing their homes or local shops by car. Its important that we all support local businesses and having access for all is key.

Equally we also need to consider safety, particularly as this route is located next to Park Grove Primary School. However, the Groves Regeneration Project has been talking to residents in the area for some time now and a key message that has come out of consultations is that the level of traffic on narrow residential roads through the area has a significant adverse impact on the local community.

If approved, an experimental traffic regulation order (TRO) could be put in place over an 18 months period to determine whether or not to introduce this on a permanent basis.   

This is subject to further transport modelling work, to determine the location of potential road closures and where the closure should be positioned, whilst maintaining local access.

If approved, its anticipated works will not start until April 2020 after planned road works coming up in the area have been completed.  

The meeting takes place on Thursday 24 October at West Offices from 2pm and is open to members of the public, or is available to watch online, either live or later at: www.york.gov.uk/webcasts

To find out more about the report, or to attend, visit:

https://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=738&MId=11570

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