Beech Grove and Lancaster Road trial restrictions to end

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Trial restrictions on vehicles using Beech Grove and Lancaster Road in Harrogate are to come to an end.

Measures aimed at encouraging more walking and cycling in Harrogate were introduced on a trial basis in February 2021, for a maximum of 18 months.

It saw the temporary installation of signage, bollards and planters in the two streets – the first initiative of its kind in the county.

The 18-month experimental order will lapse on 14 August 2022, meaning the measures must legally now be removed.

Feedback from the trial will now be considered before a wider package of permanent measures to promote environmentally-friendly travel is drawn up and consulted upon in September.

North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for highways and transport, Cllr Keane Duncan, said:

It is fair to say these trial restrictions have been controversial. We have received significant feedback – positive and negative – and we’ve learnt a lot over the past 18 months.

We know that more people are now using this route to walk and cycle, which is encouraging and in line with our aim of promoting sustainable travel. However, we are also aware of negative impacts affecting those living nearby.

Now the trial period is over, it is only right that we review in detail what’s worked and what could work better.

This will allow us the opportunity to bring forward a detailed and coordinated plan, connecting active travel initiatives such as Otley Road and Station Gateway together in the best way while addressing many of the objections raised by local residents.

We will be seeking input from local councillors, active travel groups and the public to ensure we are developing the most effective possible plan for this area.

2 Comments

  1. They got it wrong as they have done in respect of so many things. Let one lesson be in respect of Station Gateway. Listen to the public before damage is done.

  2. I visited the Station Gateway info centre at Victoria Centre with an open mind and I thought the plans they are suggesting are a vast improvement on what is currently there.
    Most of the day the traffic on those routes is light and 2 lanes are a waste. I’d much prefer more space for a pleasant shopping environment than the race track we currently have.
    Also, I believe that the traffic lights are being changed in a way to improve the flow of traffic.
    Harrogate is falling behind other towns that are making their centres much more attractive. We’re lost in the 1960s where car is king.

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