Bishopthorpe Road to fully reopen after residents provided ‘valuable feedback’ on its closure

Bishopthorpe Road in May. Photograph: Richard McDougall
30 Jul 2020 @ 12.35 pm
| Transport

The controversial closure of half of Bishy Road will end next month.

During the lockdown, a stretch of the southbound carriageway was closed, ostensibly to allow more room for social distancing.

Not everyone was thrilled by the closure and the subsequent traffic diversion and congestion. A petition calling for the reopening was backed by more than 1,600 people.

Today (Thursday) City of York Council has announced it will fully reopen Bishopthorpe Road on 4 August, when the temporary traffic order comes to an end.

The council said: “Whilst the restriction helped with meeting the objectives for social distancing, a gradual increase in traffic has caused a number of local issues, including increased congestion and unofficial diversions through side streets. 

“This is likely to be made worse during the additional gas works planned at the junction of Blossom Street and Nunnery Lane, due later in August.”

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Executive member for transport Cllr Andy D’Agorne thanked retailers for their support throughout this period.

“As the city is reopening and we are starting to get back to normal, we all have a role to play in supporting our city and local businesses,” he said.

“Now more than ever, as a resident or York business, we are urging people to shop local and buy local.

“I would like to thank all the residents and businesses for providing their valuable feedback on the temporary traffic measures in Bishopthorpe Road, which has been taken into account in this decision.

“As we talk about recovery, we do not ignore that coronavirus is still with us and our primary focus remains protecting the health of our residents as far as possible.

“We will continue to be guided by public health advice and if the situation changes locally, we will review the measures and may re-introduce them again in the future.”