Plans for an experimental one-way restriction on St Nicholas Street, Norton to tackle traffic congestion will not go ahead at present.
Instead, a traffic modelling exercise will take place and options from that will be presented to the public early next year.
North Yorkshire County Council’s Corporate Director for Business and Environmental Services, David Bowe, said: “Traffic congestion in Norton is a frustration for residents and road users alike. In the past, alterations to junction layouts by the county council have proved controversial and some local residents feel those changes have resulted in additional ‘rat running’ along residential streets.
“In an effort to address such “rat running” on St Nicholas Street, the county council recently wrote to residents of the street and side roads, suggesting the introduction of an experimental one-way restriction. We have received significant feedback against the suggestion from a variety of sources, including County Councillor Keane Duncan. On that basis, we will not be progressing the proposal at this point in time.
“We are nearing the completion of a micro simulation model which will enable the road networks in Norton and Malton to be replicated and accurately modelled under various scenarios. The model will be operational in February and hopefully before the end of March we will be able to come back to the public with the conclusions from that modelling and what options may be practicable to take forward. These micro simulations would include proposals such as the St Nicholas Street suggestion.’’
Cllr Duncan, who represents Norton, said: “The one-way proposal threatened to create yet more traffic chaos on our streets and rightly prompted massive public opposition. The only real answer to the problems on St Nicholas Street, and elsewhere, is to find a solution at the level crossing junction that works for all of Norton and Malton.
“We urgently need to find a fair arrangement whereby everyone, no matter where they happen to live, can easily travel around town. A mini roundabout, traffic lights and a one-way system are all under active consideration by our highway engineers. I feel we are now on the verge of a real breakthrough. We should expect the council to bring forward solutions to the public early in the New Year."