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Lendal Bridge Fines Falling

Lendal Bridge Sign

7:24am 20th December 2013

The number of drivers getting fined going over York's Lendal Bridge is falling but seven in ten of them are tourists.

At the end of October an average of 585 fines a day were being issued and for the last week in November it was 364 a day.

Dave Merrett from York Council says more people are getting the bus.

Traffic levels on Clifton Bridge and Foss Islands Road are still higher than the same time last year but are also falling.

Darren Richardson, Director of City & Environmental, said: “Based on the current level of contraventions, by the end of the trial the actual Penalty Charge Notices paid would be approximately £600k, which is ringfenced for Highways and Transport.”

“York is a fantastic city with much to offer and the aim of the Lendal Bridge 6-month trial is not to generate revenue, but to reduce traffic going over the bridge and through the city centre, as part of a long-term vision to create an even more attractive and thriving city centre for everyone. Doing nothing is not an option for York

“The purpose of the trial and consultation is to find out how this scheme affects all traffic movements around city, but also how we can learn from any issues (technical or otherwise) that may arise along the way, so that we are in the best position to decide if this scheme could become a more longer term viable option.

“To further assist drivers, the council has recently launched a new online Journey Planner available at www.itravelyork.info that provides tailored transport options for journeys in and around York at a touch of a button. However, we urge all drivers to be aware of the signage, and a map showing the location of all 65 signs can be found at: www.york.gov.uk/citycentreimprovements  Following feedback from the consultation the council has recently altered and installed more signage directly in the Lendal Bridge area.”

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