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New Bigger Signs for York's Lendal Bridge To Cut Numbers Fined

Lendal Bridge

2:20pm 29th November 2013

New five metre square signs will be put up on routes leading to Lendal Bridge to try and reduce the number of drivers being fined.

Signs will also be installed before motorists reach the bridge informing them that the bridge is Lendal Bridge, after concerns tourists were being fined for not knowing what Lendal Bridge is.

But the city council says it is doing this to try to help drivers and insists the current signs are still legal and meet Department of Transport rules.

It's after many sat navs are sending drivers across the bridge, landing them with a fine of up to £60. Google Maps has now incorporated the six month trial restriction which it's hoped will mean fewer drivers following Sat Navs will get caught out.

So far around 26,000 motorists have been caught out by the 10.30am - 5pm ban and it's raised around £600,000 for the city council.

The controversial restrictions are set to remain in place until April or May while a decision is taken on the success of the six month trial which started in August.

Darren Richardson, director of City & Environmental Services at City of York Council, said: “York is a fantastic city with much to offer and the aim of the Lendal Bridge 6-month trial is not to generate revenue, but to reduce traffic going over the bridge and through the city centre, as part of a long-term vision to create an even more attractive and thriving city centre for everyone. Doing nothing is not an option for York

“The purpose of the trial and consultation is to find out how this scheme affects all traffic movements around city, and how the trial affects drivers so we can learn from any issues (technical or otherwise) that may arise along the way, and we can be in the best position to decide if this scheme should be abandoned, extended or made permanent in some way.

“With regards to signage, a comprehensive and DfT compliant scheme was implemented to inform drivers of the Lendal Bridge restriction, including its timings and that it is to be enforced by cameras. All signage on and leading to Lendal Bridge are designed to the appropriate legal standards. There are over 65 signs, including AA advisory signs installed on the Inner Ring Road and key radials providing access into the city centre, both inside and outside of the Outer Ring Road.

“Following feedback from the public consultation the council has installed more signage directly in the Lendal Bridge area. Clearly we want to provide as much information as is realistic so we will be replacing some signage with much larger five square meter signs which will be installed on the routes leading to Lendal Bridge. Also following further feedback from visitors, the council will also be installing ‘Lendal Bridge’ signs adjacent to the bridge itself so we all know where the bridge is.

“To further assist drivers, the council has recently launched a new online Journey Planner available at www.itravelyork.info that provides tailored transport options for journeys in and around York at a touch of a button. However, we urge all drivers to be aware of the signage, and a map showing the location of all 65 signs can be found at: www.york.gov.uk/citycentreimprovements .”

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