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Major improvements set for Water Lane

Major works will take place on a key route in York from 22nd Feb to support a new housing development in Clifton.

The junction of Water Lane and Green Lane (currently a mini-roundabout) will be widened, resurfaced and converted to a traffic-signalised junction, with new pedestrian and cycle crossings.

Works will start on Monday 22nd February and are expected to be complete by Friday 22nd April.

The scheme will support the new housing development on the former grain store site (owned by Water Lane Limited, but being developed by Redrow). The cost of the works will be met by the developer through a Section 278 agreement.

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Work will be carried out in four phases, with some diversions and road closures:

  • Phase 1: Road widening along the south side of Green Lane and footway construction. Works start Monday 22nd February, with temporary lights for three to four weeks.
  • Phase 2: Road widening on Water Lane and the installation of new off-road pedestrian/cycle facilities. Works start mid-March, working under temporary lights and partial road closure for three to four weeks. This will require diversions to bus routes 6 and 20- details will be published on this page once they have been finalised.
  • Phase 3: Installation of a ‘splitter island’ at the junction, plus utility connections. Works are anticipated to start early April.
  • Phase 4: Resurfacing of the carriageway and road marking on Water Lane and Green Lane. An evening road closure will be required, expected to be during the week commencing 18th April between 19:00 and 23:00.

Neil Ferris, Acting Director of City and Environmental Services at City of York Council, said: “Improvements to Water Lane and Green Lane will benefit thousands of commuters who use this route daily as well as providing safer crossings for cyclists and pedestrians. Everything reasonably possible will be done to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum, and works will be suspended during the Easter Bank Holiday, but residents and visitors should expect some delays during the scheme and are advised to plan their journey accordingly.”

These will be major works and will be generally undertaken with lane closures. Road closures will be required to carry out disruptive work, however these will be kept to a minimum and will be restricted to off-peak times where possible.

Works will be suspended during the Easter Bank holiday Friday and Monday.