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Decision Session: Improvements to Clarence Street bus corridor

Thursday 13th November 2014

Cycling, Buses

A new scheme to improve one of York’s key city centre bus corridors is set for final approval.

The five-week consultation took place in September and October and asked residents and businesses for their views on the proposed measures on Clarence Street to help improve the reliability of bus services on the approach to York city centre.

The findings of the consultation will now go before the Cabinet Member for Transport’s public Decision Session on Friday 21 November for final approval.

The improvements will help three of York’s five most frequent bus services, specifically routes 1, 5 and 6 which often experience delays on Clarence Street, Gillygate and St Leonard's Place.

The proposals include introducing a longer lane for vehicles turning left into Lord Mayor’s Walk from Clarence Street, so that straight-through and right-turning traffic is not held up by queuing vehicles.

Traffic signals will be changed so that the left turn from Clarence Street into Lord Mayor’s Walk gets additional ‘green time’.

Cyclists and pedestrians will also benefit from the changes with a new section of cycle lane introduced on the approach to the traffic lights at the Clarence Street/Lord Mayor’s Walk junction and improved pedestrian crossing access introduced adjacent to the Clarence Street bus stops.

If the scheme is approved, work is expected to start in January 2015 and finish at the beginning of April. Local businesses and residents in the immediate area of the proposed works were consultated and responses received were generally supportive of the scheme.

The scheme will cost around £300,000, a substantial proportion of which is for the relocation of various utility pipes and cables currently buried under Clarence Street.

The scheme is supported from York's £3.5 million Better Bus Area Fund (BBAF) awarded by the Department for Transport in 2012.

Initial analysis undertaken to support the council’s BBAF bid supported a scheme on Clarence Street, which is part of a programme of schemes across York. The scheme has also upgraded bus stops and shelters throughout the city and real time information screens at bus stops in the city centre.

Cllr David Levene, Cabinet Member for Transport at City of York Council, said: “Our aim is to encourage even more people to travel by bus and increase passenger numbers by 18 per cent by 2015. Through our Government funded York by Bus campaign, we are helping to deliver real benefits for the city and for every £1 spent in York , this project should deliver £4 of benefits by reducing congestion, improving air quality and health and reducing road accidents.”

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