Greens concerned York Active Travel schemes have ‘stalled’ and could lose funding

Andreas Heinemeyer and Andy D'Agorne at the riverbank, with the river levels rising in the background.
Andreas Heinemeyer and Andy D’Agorne discuss the riverside path to Jubilee Terrace

York Green Party transport spokesperson and former Executive Member for Transport is calling on Cllr Kilbane to press ahead with bus and cycle schemes that already have funding rather than pause them until after the broader Transport Strategy is launched in October. In a speech to the Transport Decision Session on Tuesday Sept 12th he will highlight the fact that Bus Priority measures approved a year ago as part of the £17m government funded Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) are not likely to be commissioned for another year, despite a city centre bus study completed 6 months ago which has still not been made public. 

Andy said ” As the previous Executive Member I held two Decision Sessions in March this year that reported progress on our LCWIP (cycling and walking strategy) and approved a number of funded active travel schemes that have been put on hold, Also, during the election period, Active Travel England awarded York £1m towards the riverside path Jubilee Terrace scheme which will provide an improved alternative to Leeman Rd which is due to be closed for the NRM expansion. This scheme and a number of others could be going through detailed design and tendering for construction, yet everything has gone rather quiet since Labour took control in May with no sign of the schemes moving forward to fruition” 

Other cycle schemes which were approved in March included a route to link the Millennium Bridge to the University via Hospital Fields Rd, improved signing for the route from Navigation Rd through Hungate to the Minster and Bootham, and phase 1 of a cycle route from Shipton Rd into the centre of York on the A19 corridor. 

Greens also support the request for 20mph limits in Bishopthorpe and Dunnington, saying that villages across York and N Yorkshire should be offered 20mph limits to support the planned shift to more walking and cycling in the draft Transport Strategy. 

Also on the agenda is a request from residents in Farrar St (on Lawrence St) for a residents parking area. Andy has supported their requests in the past as Fishergate ward councillor, but each time the high proportion of student housing on the street meant that there was insufficient support for the change. ” In such locations, it seems unfair that a lack of response from Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) is allowed to veto a majority of long term residents wanting to restrict commuter parking in their street” said Andy “If council elections were run on this basis there would be many wards failing to elect a councillor! ” 

Greens suggest that both of these issues need to be looked at within the Transport Strategy, rather than the piecemeal approach that is staff intensive and frustrating for all parties currently in operation. 

The meeting on Sept 12th at 10am will be webcast here 

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