Action is being proposed to tackle congestion near Seamer railway station in response to concerns raised by people living nearby.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “The popularity of Seamer station has increased steadily in recent years and, as a result, Station Road becomes congested with parked cars. Local people have told us this causes problems and our highways officers have seen for themselves that it is an issue for residents and station users.
“To try to alleviate this, we are proposing an experimental traffic regulation order for Station Road, Crossgates.”
The order would see the installation of parking bays along the north side of Station Road, from the bend to the bottom of the steps, and a small number of parking bays inside the bend, near the junction with Cayton Low Road. These would be available to anyone all day every day without charge.
To give residents the greatest opportunity to park outside their homes, the authority proposes to provide free, unrestricted parking along most of the residential (south) side of Station Road between noon and 10am, Monday to Saturday, with no restrictions on Sunday. To deter all-day parking and parking over several days by rail users between Monday and Saturday, a single yellow line prohibiting parking between 10am and noon each day would be introduced. This restriction would affect residents as well as rail users.
Double yellow lines would also be introduced in certain areas, improving visibility and providing safe passing places. At the bottom of the road, double yellow lines would give vehicles space to turn around and allow waiting for a short time, with the aim of deterring vehicles from waiting or parking over driveways. Double yellow lines would be installed at the entrance to the road and around bends to improve visibility and safety for drivers and pedestrians.
Residents are being consulted about these proposals.
County Councillor David Jeffels, Member for Seamer and Derwent Valley, has called a meeting of residents of Station Road, Crossgates, and neighbouring area to discuss the proposals.
He said: “The parking problem in Station Road has got considerably worse in the past two to three years with more people using the Scarborough to York line and using Seamer station. With a half hourly service on the line due to be introduced shortly, the situation is going to become even more difficult for residents in the area. It is vital that they put forward their views before the consultation period ends.”
The meeting will be held at the Crossgates Community Centre at 7pm on Tuesday, May 21.