Residents invited to 'meet the designers' of final plan for Bond End

Residents have been invited to meet the designers of the final plans for Bond End.
Residents have been invited to meet the designers of the final plans for Bond End.

Knaresborough residents have been invited to 'meet the designers' of the controversial new Bond End junction layout, to discuss the final plans.

Bond End was identified as an Air Quality Management Area in 2013 when nitrogen dioxide levels began exceeding the limit set by DEFRA.

For years, Knaresborough residents have been calling for action and earlier this year, North Yorkshire County Council, approved plans to replace the traffic lights with two mini roundabouts and four zebra crossings.

But the plans, touted as improving traffic flow and therefore reducing emissions in the area, have proved controversial with some residents who claim they are not safe.
Now members of the public are being invited to learn more about the design for a new road layout at a "meet the designers" event from 2-7pm on June 28 at Knaresborough House.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “The new road layout at this busy, historic junction targets a reduction in the number of queuing vehicles and idling engines.

"The aim is to improve the local environment and air quality for local residents and all users of the junction. We will make sure that everyone continues to be kept informed as we approach the conclusion of this scheme.

"This latest event provides an excellent opportunity to view the design in detail.”

The council claims that since March, designers have been conducting surveys to ensure a safe scheme can be delivered.

But Bond End resident, Ann Hill, says the removal of the traffic lights will make it impossible for her to get out of her drive safely.

At the event on June 28, County Council highways officers and the authority’s consultants, WSP, will be available to talk to visitors about the final design.

All residents in the area will receive a letter inviting them to the event and there will be a dedicated time slot for people living near the junction to ensure they have time to discuss the final design with designers and the project manager.

The work is part of a programme of schemes funded from the Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund, a £5.1m sum secured by the County Council to improve local roads and public transport.

Work on the new layout will begin later this year.