More Than 370 Contact Helpline Ahead of York's Lendal Bridge Car Ban
6:41am 23rd August 2013
(Updated 12:16pm 23rd August 2013)
More than 370 e-mails have been sent to a dedicated e-mail address about York's Lendal Bridge closure designed to provide people with travel advice.
Today is the last working day before cars are banned for six months from crossing the bridge between 10.30am and 5pm.
People are being urged to plan their travel routes before the trial starts on Tuesday.
You can get advice or share your thoughts on the trial by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by heading to the i-Travel or York Council websites.
There are warnings of gridlock from opponents but the city council say they have also had e-mails supporting the scheme which starts on Tuesday.
Liberal Democrats in the city say York Council figures predict Clifton Bridge will see a 31% increase in traffic during the trial with an extra 300 vehicles an hour diverted onto the crossing.
Nick Emmerson the Lib Dem candidate for York Outer said:
“Clifton and Skeldergate Bridges will be hardest hit by the Labour-controlled Council’s reckless decision to close the key Lendal Bridge corridor to most traffic during the working week. This will hit city-centre retailers hard in the coming months and cause huge disruption for local residents and businesses as well as tourists. In the midst of the deepest economic crisis in living memory, Labour are making it harder for businesses to make and for residents and tourists to spend their money in York. Closing Lendal Bridge can only harm our local economy and should not go ahead.
"It is not too late for Labour to think again and either cancel next week’s plans or at least commit to assessing their impact after weeks not six months and then, if common sense finally prevails in the face of gridlock, abandon the scheme early.”
But Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport at the city council said: “In the 1980s the city took bold decisions to implement the foot-streets area and close Deangate, removing 10,000 vehicle movements a day from in front of the Minster. It proved to be very successful, and was rapidly supported by retailers, residents and visitors alike, it now defines the way in which everyone accesses and uses the city centre and the Minster."
“These new public realm improvements and the removal of the bulk of traffic from the Minster corridor/Lendal Bridge is the next phase of improving the pedestrian environment and boost York’s world-class status, It will also help to reduce congestion in the area and will be an important first step towards improving public transport reliability, through the city centre.”
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