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York Could Get A New Bus Lane If Lendal Bridge Trial Abandoned


7:21am 16th January 2014

A new bus lane could be brought into a busy York street if the Lendal Bridge trial is abandoned.

The city council will decide later if Clarence Street will be widened to help all road users, but a bus lane could follow to speed up public transport.

City of York Council say that following a recent package of improvements to stops, shelters and bus timetables across York in 2013, proposals are now set to see City of York Council asking people and businesses for their views on improvements to Clarence Street in January/ February. 

The Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability will be asked to approve option two  in the report, which asks to build a ‘modified scheme’, consisting of increasing the width of Clarence Street, particularly near the junction with Lord Mayor’s Walk, to reduce traffic congestion for all road users, and also improve conditions for buses and their passengers.

City of York Council say that proposals will also ask for a possible new bus lane, bus gate and bus signals to be considered after the end of the Lendal Bridge trial period, if they are required, although the journey time reductions for services using Clarence Street during the trial indicate that a separate bus lane may not be necessary if traffic is restricted on the bridge.

They add that the scheme will be funded by £250,000, supported through part of the £3.5 million Better Bus Area Fund (BBAF) awarded to the council from the Department of Transport in 2012. Initial analysis undertaken to support the council’s BBAF bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) supported a scheme on Clarence Street. 

If approved, the improvements will help three of York’s five most frequent bus services (routes 1, 5 and 6) which all use Clarence Street and experience delays on Clarence Street, Gillygate and St Leonards Place/ Lendal Bridge – but only when access to the bridge is not restricted, say City of York Council. They add that data issued during the Lendal Bridge trial indicate that delays are now significantly reduced between 10.30 and 5pm.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “Our aim is to encourage even more people to travel by bus and increase passenger numbers by 18 per cent by 2015. Through our York by Bus campaign, we are helping to deliver real benefits for the city and for every £1 spent in York , this project should deliver £4 of benefits by reducing congestion, improving air quality and health, and reducing road accidents. However this scheme should benefit all users on the very tight Clarence Street approach to the Lord Mayor’s Walk junction.”

To find out more about the campaign or to find the best bus route through York, try out the council’s i-Travel York new online Journey Planner at www.itravelyork.info

To attend the meeting on the 16 January or read the report please visit http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=738&MId=8072

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