What is a gyratory?
“What is a gyratory?” I asked my flatmate.
"Something that spins?" Erm, not what I meant… so I asked Siri: “A gyratory is a road junction or traffic system requiring the circular movement of traffic, larger or more complex than an ordinary roundabout.”
So, what's the happening with the Lendal Arch gyratory and First York buses?
The arch is part of the iconic city walls of York. We send 36 buses through the arch every hour to get you into the city centre! That’s a lot of buses.
The roadworks are in place to sort out the unreliable and old traffic lights, the builders are taking the time to improve the walkways for pedestrians. City of York have all the updates and information on these, including the improvements to modernise the crossings, by widening them or replacing them with Puffin crossings.
To do this work and to keep everyone, including the workers, safe on this over complex roundabout - there are two sets of temporary traffic lights.
So where are the delays coming from?
Because so many of our buses go through the Lendal Arch gyratory, the buses would go through the temporary lights, twice. We’ve seen from previous roadworks in the city centre what temporary traffic lights can do to our quaint roads and more importantly how they impact your bus times!
This is why we’ve divert our buses – factoring in time they need to complete the new route. This is because we wanted to do everything we can to keep you moving and get you to your destination on time.
What’s the traffic like since the works began?
So far the roadworks, at peak commuting times are causing some delays through the city – so we’ve been able to avoid much of this with the diversions on our busiest buses. The First York scheduling team are monitoring your buses carefully using the data we have on movements, delays and passenger boarding, to adjust any diversions or timings accordingly.
Park & Ride buses 3 & 9 will be returning to their normal route from Saturday 27 January. The diversion is likely to be reinstated as roadworks progress.
Roadwork plans for the next nine weeks
We’ll keep you updated as the works progress – adjustments to routes and diversions will likely be seen when the Lendal Arch works develop, so that we can avoid any severe delays happening. The City of York Council are going to be keeping everyone updated.
Stay up to date with where your bus is being diverted on the First York webpages.