Councillor Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of City of York Council and Executive Member for Transport met with ward councillors, including Rosie Baker, and the headteacher of Knavesmire Primary School to understand first hand road safety concerns following a vehicle collision on the school route that took place last week.
Councillor Andy D’Agorne said,
“One of my top priorities as a councillor has always been to improve road safety and create safe attractive routes for walking or cycling to school. I am familiar with this junction over the years from my cycle route to York College via the Knavesmire and I spoke in support of better visibility at the first council decision about the junction in 2016.
“I approved further improvements last year. The first part of these measures was introduced last week, with extended yellow lines near the crossing point on Bishopthorpe Rd. Widening the central island is also planned but needs to be coordinated with some resurfacing of the junction.”
“With all the disruption this year the work hasn’t happened as quickly as I would like but I am keen to see the final part of the scheme (widening the pedestrian island happen as soon as possible). I will have further discussions with officers in the light of my conversations this morning to consider other measures that ward councillors have put forward..
“Given the collision last week I wanted to be able to hear comments from ward councillors, parents and staff from the school first hand and see what I could do to implement improvements as quickly as possible.
Councillor Rosie Baker (Micklegate Ward) said,
“I am really grateful that grateful that Cllr D’Agorne came out to listen to parents and hear our renewed calls for a range of vital traffic calming measures and improved visibility in this area”
“This latest accident shows just how important it is we make roads outside schools as safe as possible and make the safety of children and parents the top priority.”