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Experts Report Criticises York Lendal Bridge Trial Management

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6:37pm 12th November 2014
(Updated 7:40pm 12th November 2014)

A report by outside experts has criticised the way York's Lendal Bridge trial was managed, but the city council says it's changing how it manages big projects.

It comes as a review by councillors into York's Lendal Bridge trial has been voted down for a second time.

Four councillors, Labour's Anna Semlyen, Neil Barnes and Steve Burton as well as Green councillor Andy D'Agorne voted against a review.

Those who voted in favour were Lib Dem Andrew Waller, who proposed the review this time, as well as Conservative Joe Watt and Independent Labour's David Scott.

It had been expected that the issue would be examined after the Labour Party lost the majority on York Council.

David Scott (speaking first) and Andrew Waller gave their reactions after the surprise vote.


At the meeting of the council's Economic Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee, an external review into the Lendal Bridge trial was made public.

Consultants Crown Management Services said council officials and former Transport Cabinet Member Dave Merrett "had acted with individual integrity and a genuine desire to deliver the best possible outcome for York.

But they criticised "inadequate governance, poor project management and unrealistic deadlines which led to a culture of reactive decision-making."

READ: External Review of Lendal Bridge Trial (pdf)

York Council officials have given councillors an update on how the recommendations were being implemented, this is also below.

READ: Lendal Bridge Review implementation update 121114 (pdf)

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