VIDEO: Minster FM Holds Lendal Bridge Debate
2:49pm 27th February 2014
Minster FM has held a debate allowing key opinion formers representing tourists, businesses, drivers and bus users to share their views with the city council, as well as putting questions from Minster FM listeners, to mark the six month mark of the controversial trial closure.
David Dunning has this report on the Minster FM Lendal Bridge debate:
Today our stories from the Minster FM debate included:
- York Council denies a suggestion it is creating a "no car city"
- Drivers' champion Godfrey Bloom calls for £700,000 fine money to be donated to charity
- York Council says it's signs are legally correct despite online speculation they should be bus lane signs
- Warnings of a tripling of traffic in 15 years if more people aren't forced to get the bus
- Signs will be reviewed as part of the evaluation of the trial
Yesterday, the highlights of Minster FM's debate included:
- A yellow card system is being considered for first time offenders if the trial is made permanent.
- Some of the £700,000 raised in fines from the trial could be spent on cutting delays caused by stop-start traffic lights
- The city council say the trial is not causing "significant" delays to traffic in York
- Only 65 businesses in York out of 8,165 have given an opinion on the trial despite the Chamber of Commerce saying most firms are opposed.
- The city council has defending it's fining system saying it is
- The head of First Bus in York says punctuality is up by as much as 10% since the trial began.
- Overall traffic levels have not fallen in York since the trial began but the city council says it's possible the number of cars on the road would be even higher without the trial.
David Dunning also carried out a more in-depth interview with Dave Merrett from York Council for Minster FM and the York Press.
You can listen to the full audio of the debate here with a video to follow shortly:
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