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Lendal Bridge closure has had 'minor' impact on other roads, says council
5:55pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
YORK’S transport bosses say there have only been “minor changes” to traffic levels in York since the Lendal Bridge trial began.
City of York Council held a twitter question-and-answer session today, following the start of the controversial six-month trial closure of the bridge to cars, motorbikes, vans and lorries between 10.30am and 5pm every day.
In their responses, transport officers Darren Capes and Ruth Stephenson said a final assessment of the impact on city-centre footfall will be published once the trial ends, and the company employed to handle fines for breaches of the new traffic restrictions has a one-year contract and a longer deal will follow in early 2014. They said trialling a one-way system on the bridge would have affected buses too much.
Some of those who tweeted questions claimed they had not been answered. No response was provided to a question from The Press about who decided to allow a one-week grace period on bridge fines and when the decision was made.
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