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Private Cars Banned from York's Lendal Bridge

Lendal Bridge

4:01pm 26th April 2013
(Updated 4:25pm 26th April 2013)

York Council is going to ban private cars from Lendal Bridge in York.

It's part of a six month trial costing £170,000 designed to be a new phase in the pedestrianisation of the city centre.

Buses, taxis, delivery vans and bicycles will still be allowed but cars will be banned between 10.30am and 5pm all week.

But the council says the restrictions could either be made permanent and possibly expanded between 7am and 7pm.

The city council says the effect on traffic will be carefully monitored and it claims it'll improve Exhibition Square and the area near the Theatre Royal.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “In the 1980s the city took bold decisions to implement the foot-streets area and close Deangate, removing 10,000 vehicle movements a day from in front of the Minster. It proved to be very successful, and was rapidly supported by retailers, residents and visitors alike, it now defines the way in which everyone accesses and uses the city centre and the Minster.

“These new public realm improvements and the removal of the bulk of traffic from the Minster corridor/Lendal Bridge is the next phase of improving the pedestrian environment and boost York’s world-class status, It will also help to reduce congestion in the area and will be an important first step towards improving public transport reliability, through the city centre..”

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, said: “City centre congestion results in public transport which is less reliable and less efficient. These plans will begin to tackle this issue; helping people move around the city more easily and ultimately allowing for a quicker flow of goods and services through York.

“People prefer to shop and do business in a more attractive environment. By reducing traffic through the heart of York’s city centre we aim to make pedestrians feel safer, make our city look more attractive and entice even more residents and visitors to shop.”

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