Roadworks to York Road and London Inn Square
Information from Devon County Council and Exeter City Council
Works to York Road will commence on site on 2nd April and will take in the order of 6-8 weeks. The works consist of widening the pavement on the east side of York Road, relocating the pedestrian crossing, resurfacing the road and removing the double height kerb at the junction with Acland Road, installing raised tables to the side roads, alterations to the Sidwell St junction to reduce congestion and other minor works. A plan showing the works can be downloaded from www.exeter.gov.uk/londoninnsquare (along with background information about the scheme and other related proposals).
The majority of York Road will remain open during the works, but there will be disruption to traffic flows. We will be working with our contractor to minimise disruption during the school drop off/pick off and during prayer at the mosque on Friday. We plan for the main works outside the school to be carried out during the Easter holidays so that the new crossing will be installed by the start of the summer term.
There will be a temporary road closure to the entrance of Oxford Road from York Road during the construction period. This is to enable the installation of a raised table in this location which will reduce traffic speeds to York Road and improve the pedestrian crossing of the Oxford Road junction. The closure will be for approximately five days and will fall within the period from 10th April to 25th May 2012. We will notify residents and businesses of the exact dates when as soon as our contractor's programme is finalised.
During the works we will be undertaking trial pits to see whether we can plant trees within the pavement on the east side of York Road, but would advise that due to extensive existing services beneath the road/pavement planting in this area this is unlikely. If we cannot plant trees in the pavement we hope to be able to plant a couple of trees to the front of the mosque.
Devon County Council's Engineers will be managing the works on site and we will circulate contact details of their contract manager in due course.
Following completion of works to York Road Devon County Council will enact the traffic orders to close New North Road to southbound traffic between Longbrook St and Sidwell St. Advance signage to direct through traffic via Bonhay Road/Exe Bridges will be in place before New North Road is closed, and temporary signage on the surrounding roads will advise drivers of the changes. (Changes to signage in Sidwell St and the traffic lights at the top of Longbrook Street will be carried out during the London Inn Square works.) We expect there to be some disruption to local roads following this closure as drivers alter their routes. Devon County Council will be monitoring the impact of the changes on traffic movements to allow significant problems to be addressed quickly.
After the closure of New North Road we will commence works to London Inn Square in June. These works will continue through to October 2012. We are liaising with John Lewis and Midas regarding their programme for the works, and the City Centre Manager has set up regular meetings with traders to keep them informed of progress. King William Street car park will also be being refurbished over the summer and the main multi-storey car park will be closed from April to September.
Stover Court Car Park (Bampflyde St) will be used for the contractor’s compound so will be closed to parking during the works to both York Road and London Inn Square.
We will also be implementing works to St David's Hill and Devonshire Place over the summer/early autumn to address concerns raised by residents of these areas during the consultation period. We are currently developing detailed design proposals and meeting with local groups to discuss the detail of these schemes.
We will arrange a public meeting in the summer for residents in St James to discuss the Councils monitoring of the impact of the changes on pedestrians and traffic movements. We will notify residents, businesses and other stakeholders of this meeting via the St James Forum and PACT meetings, posters on the street and via the local press.
If you would like further information or to discuss the works to York Road or London Inn Square please contact Jamie Hulland at Devon County Council (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Paul Osborne at Exeter City Council (email@example.com).
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