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York's Lendal Bridge to Re-Open on Saturday for TUC March

Lendal Bridge

5:00pm 3rd March 2014
(Updated 7:22am 4th March 2014)

York's Lendal Bridge will re-open for one day only on Saturday to allow a TUC march to take place in the city. 

The council says it is due to around 2,000 protestors being expected to take to the streets on other roads in the city centre. 

Lendal Bridge has been closed for six months in a controversial trial traffic experiment, which is currently being evaluated with a decision due later in the Spring. 

The signs heading up to the bridge will be covered up so drivers are aware that the restrictions are being lifted for one day. 

Leader of the opposition Conservatives in York, Chris Steward said:

"After the failed Lendal Bridge trial closure the York Conservative Group has said we would reopen Lendal Bridge and the decision to re-open it due to a Trade Union march just shows how much the city’s traffic is suffering from the closure. Just days after Labour councillors voted down a Conservative Budget amendment which would have moved over £100,000 of council spending from Trade Unions to the likes of road maintenance, residents will find it ironic to see the only way Labour will reopen Lendal Bridge is when it’s to help their Trade Union friends."

Leader of the York Lib Dems Keith Aspden was also critical telling Minster FM:

“This shows how unworkable the Lendal Bridge closure is and the impact it is having on traffic in and around the city-centre. This is a temporary suspension, but what we need is Labour to stop dithering and make a decision on whether the closure is going to remain in place permanently or whether it will be lifted as should have happened with the official end of the trial last week.”

The following roads will be affected by Saturday's protest with the worst times expected to be between approx 10am to 3 pm with the main disruption between 11.30am to 1pm whilst the march is taking place:

-     Clifford’s Tower

-     Tower Street

-     Castle Mills Bridge

-     Piccadilly

-     Lead Mill Lane

-     George Street

-     Fishergate Bar

-     Paragon Street

-     Barbican Road

-     Walmgate Bar

-     Hope Street

-     Lead Mill Lane

-     Piccadilly

-     Parliament Street

-     Feasegate

-     Market Street

-     Spurriergate

-     High Ousegate

-     Coppergate

-     Castlegate

-     Castle Car Park


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