Decision Day for York's Lendal Bridge Car Ban
6:56am 7th May 2013
A final decision will be taken today on a six month ban on cars on York's Lendal Bridge from August.
The trial will be between 10.30am until 5pm but the city council hopes to make the ban permanent and extend it from 7.00am until 7.00pm.
Buses, cyclists, pedestrians, taxis, service and emergency vehicles will continue to have full access over Lendal Bridge at all times.
People in the city have raised concerns that it could increase the amount of traffic jams and nearby businesses are concerned visitors could be put off coming to the city centre.
James Alexander, Leader of City of York Council, said: “City centre congestion results in public transport which is less reliable and less efficient. These plans will begin to tackle this issue; helping people move around the city more easily and ultimately allowing for a quicker flow of goods and services through York.
“People prefer to shop and do business in a more attractive environment. By reducing traffic through the heart of York’s city centre we aim to make pedestrians feel safer, make our city look more attractive and entice even more residents and visitors to shop.”
New number plate recognition cameras will be installed to enforce the trial.
The city council's cabinet will decide if the trial will go ahead this evening.
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