Update on Tadcaster Road walking, cycling and bus improvement scheme

At a Decision Session on 18 January the Executive Member for Transport will be asked to approve further details of a £1.4m package of measures designed to support cycling, walking and bus use along the Tadcaster Road corridor.

The proposed scheme is funded from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s (WYCA) Transforming Cities Fund and will be delivered as part of a wider package of measures funded by the Department for Transport’s Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund.

The £1.4m funding can only be used on measures to promote cycling, walking and bus use. This scheme will form part of a much wider roadworks scheme, which will help people travel more sustainably by providing more attractive, safer and convenient routes.

The latest draft of the proposals takes into account feedback from residents that was submitted during a consultation exercise held in August and September 2021.

That report stated that work would be undertaken to explore options for ‘light segregation’ along sections of Tadcaster Road to offer cyclists better protection. It also committed to look carefully at a number of aspects of the initial proposals that had attracted comments in the consultation.

The report will now be considered at a meeting on 18 January, which contains revised proposals which reflect feedback received and the detailed design and costing work undertaken. The proposals include:

  • The introduction of some sections of ‘light segregation’ to improve cyclist safety along the corridor, with design options to be considered carefully to minimise maintenance and visual intrusion while protecting users in the lane. It is proposed to engage with all interested parties to refine the approach to light segregation
  • Widening of the footpath / cycle path at the corner of Tadcaster Road and Knavesmire Road.
  • Confirmation of the proposed pedestrian crossing near to the junction with Nelsons Lane.
  • The pedestrian crossing proposed for The Horseshoe area is to be moved to just south of Slingsby Grove (nearer to the shops)
  • The continuation of work to identify measures to widen the very narrow shared cycle / foot path opposite the Sim Balk Lane junction – known as ‘Cemetery Corner’

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Executive Member for Transport, at City of York Council, said: “Thank you to everyone who fed back during the consultation on this key programme to introduce additional walking, cycling and bus improvements on one of York’s busiest routes.

“Thousands of residents, students, visitors use this route every day and its great news that in addition to the £5 million from DfT to upgrade Tadcaster Road and improve surface water drainage, we’re now in a position to work with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to make additional improvements to provide more attractive, safer and convenient routes.

“The revised proposals reflect feedback received and the detailed design and costing work undertaken. It’s a great opportunity to be able to combine the two schemes.”

In addition to the WYCA funding, the council secured an additional £5m funding from Department of Transport’s Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund last year. This will ensure essential maintenance and improvement work will also take place to the drainage, lighting and the surfaces of the road and footways.

Both schemes are proposed to be delivered simultaneously so that disruption to residents, businesses and the users of Tadcaster Road can be minimised and overall costs reduced.

If approved, construction could start in late spring 2022 and complete in early 2023. Once approved, detailed designs will be finalised and the construction dates will be confirmed.

Due to the size and complexity of the proposed works the improvements will be introduced in phases.

During the scheme’s construction stage, there will inevitably be some disruption. By delivering the maintenance scheme at the same time as the proposed transport improvements, it will help to reduce the amount of disruption on the Tadcaster Road.

The report will be taken to an Executive Member for the Transport decision session on Tuesday 18 January at 10am

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