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Petition Launched Calling for York Transport Boss To Go Over Lendal Bridge Trial

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7:05pm 9th April 2014
(Updated 7:06pm 9th April 2014)

A petition's been launched calling for York Council's transport boss Dave Merrett to stand down over his handling of the Lendal Bridge trial.

Opposition Conservatives are using the lendalbridge.co.uk site to also call for an apology from council leader James Alexander and Dave Merrett, for the independent legal advice on the Lendal Bridge trial to be published and for all Lendal Bridge fines to be refunded. They also want the Labour cabinet to agree not to launch another major transport project "without significant public consultation".

Last night, York's Labour councillors voted to abolish the Lendal Bridge trial and re-open the bridge to traffic from Saturday.

York Conservative leader Chris Steward said: "We should be clear that the council’s employees are not to blame for this trial, it is the Labour councillors and it is time they took responsibility. The welcome reopening of Lendal Bridge on Saturday will not mark the end of the saga, there is so much more to sort out for the good of York."

Speaking after last night's decision, Labour's Dave Merrett said:

“The Lendal Bridge trial does not stand in isolation of the other measures we are taking to combat congestion through delivering new park and rides, facilitating improvements to bus services and pursuing an upgrade to the outer ring road."

"Transport schemes can often be complex and controversial. The decision to re-open the restriction in light of the public feedback shows why were right to undertake a trial rather than seeking to move straight to permanent implementation.”

Council leader James Alexander has stepped in to defend Dave Merrett from this latest political attack saying:

“This isn’t the first and won’t be the last time an opposition councillor calls for a resignation, it’s what opposition councillors do.  As councillors having previously received calls to resign, Councillors Steward and Reid may well feel that it is not always appropriate to bow to such calls, indeed a similar petition was prepared following Coun. Steward’s ill-judged remarks about food banks, yet today here he stands elevated to the lofty position of Tory Group Leader. I hope residents see this for the desperate political move that it is”.

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