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Traffic "Responding Well" to York Lendal Bridge Trial

Lendal Bridge

4:54pm 26th September 2013

The first indications of how traffic has responded to the Lendal Bridge trial have been published.

The city council says there is less traffic on Leeman Road and the Outer Ring Road but traffic has got worse on Foss Island Road and Clifton Bridge. It says it has adjusted the traffic lights to keep traffic moving. The council also says the flow of traffic has improved onGillygate, Clarence Street and Lord Mayors Walk.

But the city council says there have been some traffic jams on "other junctions at certain times in the day" and during York City matches. But it says changing the traffic light timings have helped.

Overall, it says the level of traffic jams are "fundamentally unaffected" by the trial.

We don't have specific figures for the improvements yet as the city council is waiting for the full month to end before analysing the figures. There will also be a more detailed survey in October which will give more information.

The city council has also defended itself after criticism over the signs, saying they were "comprehensive" and met Department of Transport regulations. 34 AA advisory signs, which have been criticised for just saying "Restricted Access" at first, are currently in place on roads leading into the city centre. The council says it will add 18 more signs with more detail early next month. It's also published a map showing where the signs are.

As previously reported on Minster FM, Visit York has sent out an e-mail to tourism businesses to help them promote the restrictions. The city council also states it's launching a nnew online journey planner to help motorists.

The city council says bus journey times and reliability have also improved but we won't get the details on that until next week.

Minster FM will be providing full coverage of the Lendal Bridge trial one month on tomorrow online and on 104.7 FM.

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