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New study to review access to Fulford School

City of York Council

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Walking, Cycling, Buses, Going to School

City of York Council would like to commission a new study to look at access options to Fulford School, located close to the new Germany Beck development.

The housing development is currently being built by Persimmon Homes and will provide 650 new homes to the south of the city.
Current access to Fulford School is only from the north via Fulfordgate – a residential street.

All school transport (buses, taxis and private vehicles) and pedestrian/cycling traffic has to access through this area leading to congestion and safety concerns particularly at school opening and closing times. The impact of this limited capacity extends to Heslington Lane and also affects access for students travelling to St. Oswald’s Primary School on School Lane. 

The provision of a new road to the southern school boundary as part of the Germany Beck development provides the opportunity to improve access to the school. However, owing to the layout of the existing school facilities, it is unlikely to be possible to deliver a new access without affecting land owned by third parties.

Therefore, to maximise the extent of the potential improvements to the school access and deliver wider benefits to the community it is proposed that the council takes a lead on investigating options for possible future implementation. All landowners and the school will need to work together to deliver the most effective overall solution.

Cllr Peter Dew, Executive Member for Transport, said: “It’s really important that we continue to build upon initial contact with the school, parents, Persimmon Homes, parish council and landowners to develop these access options. The new survey will give us the opportunity to do this, whilst taking into consideration concerns raised by residents about the access arrangements to the school and the impact on the safety.”

In 2015, 53% of the students travelled to the school on dedicated school buses, whilst a further 27% walked to the school. At the last count (2016) there were 12 to 14 buses going onto site at the end of the school day.

Subject to the results of the study it is anticipated that significant investment would be needed to deliver the access improvements. A source of funding for the future delivery of the preferred option will have to be considered, alongside other potential highway investment schemes as part of the Capital Programme.

If approved, it’s anticipated that the cost of the feasibility study would be approximately £10k and could be undertaken within approximately six months. Subject to the approval for the work by the Executive Member, an allocation could be provided from existing developer contributions/S106 funds.

The decision session meeting takes place on Thursday 20 December from 2pm and is open to members of the public and is available to watch live online at www.york.gov.uk/webcasts

To find out more about the report, or to attend, visit https://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=738&MId=10862