For many years Whixley Parish Council has tried to address an issue of major concern within the village, namely, that of speeding along Station Road and Rudgate. Altering the priority at the crossroads of Rudgate and Station Road helped to an extent but didn’t fully solve the problem.
Having had several meetings and discussions with NYCC Highways, WPC contacted them again at the beginning of 2021, but were advised the results obtained from a pre-pandemic community speed watch were out of date so the Parish Council, at their own expense, conducted a new speed survey along Station Road and Rudgate. This showed that speeding was clearly still a problem. Of the 12,205 vehicles recorded during the period of Friday 23rd to Thursday 29th April, on Station Road 77.5% were exceeding the speed limit. One vehicle was recorded at 65-70mph.
Using this new data, NYCC Highways agreed that a speed reduction system was justified but would need to be funded by WPC (approx. £5000). A 2mx2m single chicane with new road markings on Station Road (as shown below) has been approved. WPC is disappointed that a more substantial chicane couldn’t be installed (similar to the one on approach to Cattal). NYCC argue that consideration must be given to agricultural vehicles in rural villages and a full chicane would be harder to negotiate for these larger vehicles. NYCC would not consider a similar scheme for Rudgate.
Although WPC would have preferred a more substantial system, and one for Rudgate, we do believe this is a major step forward in making the village safer for all. Approval was given for the scheme at the last meeting.