From Monday 6 January 2020, we're repaving the entire stretch of highway on Stonegate with natural Yorkstone paving.
The works will be split into 4 phases with each phase taking around 3 to 4 weeks to complete, working 7 days a week to accelerate this as best as we can. We expect the works to be complete by Friday 3 April 2020.
It’s estimated that a scheme of this size would normally take around 4 months to complete, but we'll aim to do as much work as possible before the 2020 Easter break (weather permitting), when work will stop to allow full access for the busier spring season in the city centre.
Because we're committed to completing initial works before the Easter holidays start, we'll come back in early 2021 to fully complete the scheme if we're unable to complete the works in early 2020. If this is necessary we anticipate that the second phase will take around 4 weeks to complete.
The repaving of Stonegate will:
- enhance the street’s appearance and character
- create a more pedestrian-friendly environment
- attract more people into the area
City of York Council will be carrying out the works.
Location of Stonegate
The need for the repaving of Stonegate
There are significant defects in the surface of the road on Stonegate, where paving slabs are broken and uneven, which makes it unsafe for pedestrians.
Over the years we've had to replace damaged or worn paving stones, leading to ongoing occasional disruption and costs, but we are now investing around £500,000 to fully reconstruct and repave the entire length of Stonegate.
Impact on pedestrians and businesses
The works only include the highway, not the footway, so pedestrian access to properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.
A section of footpath on each side of our work areas will be restricted owing to fancing around the works. This will still allow access to business entrances, but at a reduced width.
We'll install signage explaining what we're doing and signs will be in place to divert pedestrians to the correct footpaths to use. Ramps will be put in place too.
We'll use open hoarding (fencing) to maintain the visibility of shop fronts. If any business is affected by the hoarding at any point, we'll be happy to install signage showing the business name and logo. Please email a logo or design to the Stonegate Repaving Scheme if you would like us to do this.
Access for business deliveries
Deliveries will be permitted on Stonegate as normal, during their allocated hours, 5.00am to 10.00am. This will be managed by our traffic marshalls, but vehicle access will only be possible up to the boundary of our works area.
We’re providing a dedicated parking area on Blake Street, which will be cordoned off just for deliveries. This means that disabled bays on Blake Street will be suspended during the works, but other disabled bays are available close by on Lendal. See more information about Blue Badge parking in York.
Please note that when we're working outside a business, any deliveries may require lifting aids (sack trucks, trollies) to take goods from the vehicle to the business.
Traffic marshalls will be on site between 7.00am and 5.00pm seven days a week to assist.
Possible disruption during works
There is likely to be a certain amount of disruption and inconvenience, but everything will be done to keep this to a minimum.
To minimise disruption and to ensure a sustainable approach to the works, we'll be:
- using an on-site cutting station to minimise dust and to reduce sound from cutting activities
- using open hoarding (fencing) so that businesses and members of the public are protected from any dust or debris caused by cutting and excavating
- taking existing paving that is taken up back to our yard to be re-used for future maintenance
- undertaking archaeological watching briefs
We apologise for any disruption that the works cause, but restrictions are in place to keep residents and visitors safe.
If anyone has any issues during the working hours, please speak to the staff on site and we’ll try to correct any issues straight away if we can. Traffic marshalls will be on site to assist.