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£40,000 Cost to Judge York's Lendal Bridge Trial

Lendal Bridge

3:25pm 27th September 2013

Minster FM can exclusively reveal it will cost around £40,000 to judge if York's Lendal Bridge trial has been a success or failure.

Around £24,000 will go to experts at the University of Leeds who the city council says are world leaders in transport research.

They have two tasks:

  • Task 1 involves the design and implementation of pedestrian, cyclist and public transport user surveys.  Surveys have been undertaken before the trial starts in August 2013 and will be repeated during the trial in October 2013. The results of the surveys will be analysed. The cost of this is £12,120. 
  • Task 2 involves the independent assessment and evaluation of the trial. This will use data provided by City of York Council to evaluate the impacts on traffic and journey times as well as other potential impacts on areas including public transport, air quality, accidents and the economy.  ITS will also provide evaluation of public comments and feedback obtained during consultation events and surveys forms. They will produce an Interim Evaluation Report after 3 months of the trial and final Evaluation Report after the 6 month trial period. The total cost of this work has yet to be finalised but is in the order of £12,000.

£16,025 will be spent counting traffic in June and October to provide extra data to judge if the trial's been a success.

These include junction turning count surveys at 16 junctions around the city for 2 days in June, these will then be repeated for a further 2 days in October, Lendal/Museum St pedestrian and vehicle junction counts and the installation of Speed Detection Radars at 7 locations around the city.

It comes as the Lendal Bridge trial in York has now been in place for one month.

Yesterday we told you the city council said traffic is down on Leeman Road and the Outer Ring Road.

Ben Gilligan from First Bus tells us punctuality on services has improved.

But the city council also said traffic is up on Foss Island Road and Clifton Bridge.

Susie Cawood from the North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce says that's harming York businesses.



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