3,400 Journeys Affected By York Lendal Bridge Car Ban Trial
8:00am 26th August 2013
3,400 journeys every day will be affected by the closure of York's Lendal Bridge.
The six month trial starts tomorrow at 10.30am and lasts until 5pm every day.
Independent experts Beacon Dodsworth tell Minster FM journeys will take longer, involve more miles and traffic jams are more likely.
Nathan Jackson from the firm has written a blog on the impact which says a journey from Tadcaster Road to the hospital could increase from 10 minutes and 2.4 miles travelling at 20mph to as long as 17 minutes over 3.9 miles travelling at 12mph.
His research also says traffic on Skeldergate and Clifton bridges will increase by a third, with Clifton bridge seeing the number of HGV's passing over it doubling. He also forecasts queues of traffic using Bootham stretching back as far as Clifton Green.
The city council has also published it's criteria on how the closure will affect traffic which says a journey from The Mount to the hospital could increase from 14.5 minutes over 2.8 miles to up to 21 minutes over 3.6 miles.
York Council will be monitoring whether the closure makes bus services in the city more reliable, where the traffic which would go over Lendal Bridge then goes and if people ditch the car for buses, walking or cycling.
Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The traffic restrictions on Lendal Bridge are an important first stage trial to improve the environment at the north end of the city centre by reducing its congestion, as well as improving the reliability and timekeeping of bus services all the way between Blossom Street, Bootham and Gillygate, and Stonebow and Piccadilly, without unacceptable side effects.
“Working with an independent body – the expert Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds – we are undertaking comprehensive and open monitoring of the trial so everyone can see its impacts.”
Minster FM will be providing full coverage of the trial closure of Lendal Bridge tomorrow both on 104.7 FM and on minsterfm.com.
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