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Commuters caught up in King’s Square ‘gridlock’
10:49am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
COMMUTERS were caught up in queues yesterday in York city centre where work is under way to develop King’s Square.
Work began on Monday as part of the City of York Council’s Reinvigorate York initiative.
Sally Ellis, manager of Millie’s Cookies in the square, said: “There was lots of traffic from about 9am to 10.30am with lots of cars queuing and beeping their horns.”
Nick Eggleton tweeted that the square was “gridlocked” at about 10am.
The £490,000 work will repave and remodel the area to include better seating, improved pedestrian access and space for street performers.
Stephen Spencer, general manager at York’s Chocolate Story, said: “We are open as usual throughout the work and will be working closely with the council to develop signage around the square emphasising this.”
But Darren Capes, the council’s transport systems manager, said: “It is normal for traffic to build up in the area of King’s Square and High Petergate. But this is not caused by any current scheme or works, it is a consequence of the size and number of vehicles trying to access the area during loading hours.”
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