Traffic light upgrade will lead to month-long disruption at busy junction

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20 Jul 2017 @ 10.59 am
| News, Transport

The next stage of York’s overhaul of its traffic lights is about to start – and motorists and bus users should expect delays.

City of York Council is replacing the lights at the junction of Heworth Road and Melrosegate from Monday.

Work will take place from 9.30am-4pm, Monday to Friday. To allow work to take place safely temporary signals will be in operation during the works which may lead to some delays for motorists.

Where and when

Heworth Road / Melrosegate junction

Mon Jul 24-Wed Aug 23

9.30am-4pm, Monday to Friday


The work will include a full overhaul of the traffic signal equipment, including changes to the pedestrian crossing equipment to facilitate puffin-style near side red and green man displays.

The existing pedestrian crossing will also be realigned following feedback.

Delays and diversions

The junction at Melrosegate and Heworth Road. Photograph © Google Street View

A council spokesman said there is bound to be traffic disruption.

Residents are assured that everything reasonably possible will be done to keep this to a minimum.

However buses that normally use this street will be diverted and motorists should expect some delays and plan their journey accordingly.

The five year traffic signal asset renewal programme was given the green light by the councillor responsible for transport and planning in November 2015 at a public meeting.

The total replacement programme will cost £2.62m over six years and will be funded through the capital programme budget and the existing Local Transport Plan budget.