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Dunnington Parish Council

Request to create off road path and reduce speed limit - York Road, Dunnington

Map excerpt showing York Road, Dunnington.

At the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 8 March 2021 the following motion was unanimously passed:

The Parish Council requests that the City of York Council progress with reducing the speed limit from 60 mph to 40 mph along the whole section of York Road from the A1079 to the 30 mph section at the entry to the village. This will remove the anomaly of having an unrestricted section of highway between the A1079 and the village boundary.

The introduction of a 40 mph speed reduction will allow a range of other measures to be undertaken for the benefit and improved safety of both pedestrians and cyclists as recently discussed extensively with City of York Council officers and various interested parties.

When the Creation Order has been approved and the speed limit reduced then an off road path can be constructed as discussed with officers using a combination of Ward and Parish Council funding. The creation of an off road path will complete a missing link which, when constructed, will allow a much safer access to and from Stamford Bridge to York and beyond.

Map of York Road, Dunnington (PDF file)

Following a number of site visits to York Road in recent months by various interested parties including Dunnington Parish Councillors, Dunnington Residents, City of York Council Officers, York Cycle Campaign members, Professor Anthony May and Councillor Warters to look at an off road path provision and safer cycling on York Road the following sequence of works is suggested:

  1. The unrestricted section of York Road from the A1079 40 mph speed limit to the boundary of the village 30 mph speed limit is urgently considered and progressed to a reduced speed limit of 40 mph.
  2. Concurrently, with the construction of a tarmac planings path starting at Undergate Farm on the East side verge, a request to reduce the road width to 18 feet (5.5m) and removal of the white centre line, a request entirely in line with LTN1/20 given the daily vehicle flow on this road, is made.
  3. The installation of pole cones, black and white striped as befits a rural road, at 33 feet (10m) intervals along a continuous white line to mark the new edge of the carriageway on the East side of York Road, this 18 inch (0.5m) width of closed carriageway then becomes a separation strip alleviating City of York Council concerns over safety and highway damage by having an off road path constructed adjacent to the carriageway.
  4. These works to continue along points A - B (path, separation measures and road narrowing) as far as available funds allow.
  5. At point B there would be a need to be a crossing point, with appropriate warning signs, marked to take the path users over to point C on the West side of York Road to continue the line of points C - D to link up with the existing short cycle path leading from the A1079, although it is likely that without the benefit of additional funds this section may have to wait.

This proposal also has the support of the following people:

Cllr Mark Warters, CoYC

Cllr Martin Rowley, CoYC

Professor Tony May, York Civic Trust

Kate Ravilious, York Cycle Campaign

Chairman: Cllr Gill Shaw, 14 Holly Tree Croft, Dunnington, York, YO19 5RG
Tel: 01904 489107 Email:

Clerk: Julie Bone, 43 St James Close, Rawcliffe, York, YO30 5WL
Tel: 01904 672199 Email: