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A charge would be an effective barrier
THE people who foretold disaster following the daytime closure of Lendal Bridge have been proved wrong.
As a motorist, pedestrian and bus user, I’ve found journey times along Gillygate and Bootham improved. I’ve also found there has been little noticeable increase in traffic at Clifton Green.
Council leader James Alexander showed great strength of character and political courage in backing Coun Dave Merrett and staff – just like Ken Livingstone did in introducing the congestion charge in London. A political heavyweight, Coun Alexander deserves the epithet of ‘Big Jim’.
Opposition councillors and tourism chiefs have been rightly critical of the signing that has led to many visitors receiving fines. I know from my own painful experience how an unfair fine can make visitors vow never to visit the town or city again.
Simple physical barriers trump the most elaborate signing to restrict access for effectiveness.
Given the obvious success of the daytime closure, I would suggest that the council install rising bollards now on the approaches to the bridge using the income from fines. The people who paid the fines would hopefully welcome this use of their money as some kind of poetic justice Dr Roger Pierce, Huntington Road, York.
• THE debate about the experimental closure of Lendal Bridge carries on.
For pedestrians and cyclists who are also citizens and visitors to York, the hours when there is restricted access to the bridge are a breath of fresh air – literally, as cars, whatever their uses, are polluting, noisy and dangerous.
I would like to give my compliments to the council for having the courage to conduct this experiment. There are city centres where no vehicles except essential ones for the disabled, for example, are allowed.
By all means improve public transport for journeys which cannot be done on foot or by bike. However, it would be better for the health of everyone in York if we learned not to be so dependent on cars.
Rose Berl, De Little Court, Vine Street, York.
• AM I the only person who is sick to death of hearing about drivers still using Lendal Bridge during the restricted times?
Like many cities and towns, York is not unusual in having such restrictions in place, with signs visible, both at height and on the road. They are there to be seen and understood. So if a driver still chooses to ignore the warnings, who else is there to blame?
Everyone and everything it seems, apart from one’s own personal responsibility, like many other aspect of modern-day life.
Simon Stainsby, Raskelf, York.
• A QUICK and easy way to solve the confusion regarding Lendal Bridge would be to put toll booths at each end between 10.30am and 5pm, because to all intents and purposes that’s what it is – a toll bridge.
That way you know it’s costing you £30. There would be very few takers, I’m sure.
Joe Hope, Main Street, Acklam, Malton.
• THOSE people who now run City of York Council seem to have no real deep-from-the-heart desire to keep York alive. Instead they enjoy wasting our cash on frivolities and risk ending its life by strangulation of a road system that worked before they broke it.
The inner ring road is now an inner horseshoe and roads we had a right to use are now closed – 120 of them in all – and this according to our councillors will end congestion.
Gillygate, Bootham, Fulford Road, Leeman Road, Wigginton Road, Water Lane, Clifton Bridge on to Boroughbridge Road, Foss Islands, the Groves, by the Barbican, Skeldergate, Skeldergate Bridge, Rougier Street and the outer ring road are all congested and this is all due to the outrageous decision to close a major bridge.
Yet Coun Dave Merrett and co still say the closure of Lendal Bridge is working. Come on, get into the real world.
David Wardell, Malton Road, York.
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