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York Shops Worried Ahead of Lendal Bridge Car Ban

Lendal Bridge

8:17am 20th August 2013

There's exactly a week to go until cars are banned from York's Lendal Bridge.

The six month trial will see cars banned between 10.30am and 5pm with York Council saying it'll create a thriving city centre.

But Chairman of the York Retail Forum Frank Wood is worried about the impact on city centre shops.

It comes after concerns were raised in May by the York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

President of the Chamber Richard Flanagan said at the time: “It is vital that if such plans were to be implemented then the correct infrastructure needs to be in place.  The only way car journeys into and out of the city centre can be reduced is to increase the capacity of the outer ring road, and by improving public transport in order to make it a viable alternative proposition. Improvements to roundabouts on the ring road and park and ride are only part of the solution.”

He adds: “If we are to support an improving economy, it is imperative that businesses are given alternative transport choices that help rather than hinder business growth.”

But the city council says making York more attractive to pedestrians will actually increase trade.

Council leader James Alexander said: “This trial is being carried out to help people move around the city more easily and ultimately allowing for a quicker flow of goods and services through York. We will closely monitor and review traffic movements throughout the trial before any future decisions are made on making this scheme permanent.

“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.”

People wanting more information on how to get around after next Tuesday's trial starts can check the i-Travel website.

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