Work is starting on a new road junction at Leeman Road, as part of wider enabling and infrastructure works to progress development at York Central.
To make way for the planned Leeman Road West extension, temporary single lane traffic lights will be in place at Leeman Road bend in York from mid-June until the end of the year.
Advance notice signage has been displayed at the roadside and close to the site since the start of June.
The single lane traffic management system is required to convert the current road into a three-way junction, as well as make provision for installing services and utilities under the road. This new junction will link up to the new spine road and join back up to Leeman Road at the Marble Arch tunnel intersection, providing a through route for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians.
While the works are in place, pedestrian and cycle access routes will be unaffected. Vehicle users are encouraged to use alternative routes during peak times, including Clifton or Poppleton Road, or consider the Park and Ride services at Poppleton Bar, Rawcliffe Bar, Monk Cross, Grimston Bar or Designer Outlet.
A set of temporary traffic lights is also in place on Leeman Road at the Cinder Lane junction near Marble Arch to support work to level the ground and improve accessibility between the station and the National Railway Museum. This is expected to remain until the end of the year.
A spokesperson from York Central’s infrastructure contractor, Sisk, said: “This is a significant development in the wider York Central scheme to make progress on building a new access road to improve traffic flow. We recognise this may cause inconvenience to road users in the short term, particularly at peak times. However, in the longer term this will open up the site for alternative access routes with significantly upgraded facilities for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians.”
One of the largest city centre brownfield regeneration sites in England, York Central is bringing over £100 million worth of new infrastructure investment to York, including over two kilometres of new roads plus public footpaths and cycle ways, as well as new utilities and the building of two new bridges over the East Coast mainline.
It will also provide up to 2,500 homes, 20% of which will be affordable, create over 1 million sq. ft. of commercial space for offices, retail and leisure and provide a significant boost for the local economy with potential to create up to 6,000 jobs.
For all the roadworks updates around York visit: https://www.york.gov.uk/roadworks#roadworksmap
All enquiries about the York Central works can be directed to: YorkCentral@sisk.co.uk.