Lendal at Christmas

York Press: . .

MAY I add my name to the increasing number of York residents dissatisfied with City of York Council and the ongoing Lendal Bridge fiasco?

A colleague needs to be the other side of the city on Christmas Day and, wondering which route to take, decided to go the Lendal Bridge way.

Just to check that would be possible, I rang the council to check, Christmas Day being a Bank Holiday and all.

The person who answered the phone had no idea, so had to speak to a colleague who in turn had to speak to another colleague.

However, the upshot of it is that indeed the closure will be enforced on Christmas Day even though there will be very few people driving in York and the vast majority of stores will be closed.

I find this somewhat unbelievable, but I suppose there is a chance that I have been given duff information.

Barbara Burn, Stonethwaite, Woodthorpe, York.

 

• SO FAR, since his election as council leader in 2011, very little has ‘stuck’ to James Alexander, despite overseeing many things that the citizens of York appear to disagree with.

The list is long: closing Lendal Bridge; introducing speed humps and chicanes; 20mph zones; use of inappropriate buses; narrowing of good roads; a blatant ‘anti-car policy’; the removal of the lovely old cobbles from a city square, and more.

David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Holgate, York.

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12:41pm Tue 17 Dec 13

j.clarke says...

If the bridge is closed every other day of the year, why should Xmas day be any different. Pointless letter for the sake of another 5 minutes on top of your journey. People need to get over the fact that it's closed and probably will remain closed after the trial period seen as though the roads and signage are all in place and don't look like they will be removed.

J.Clarke. York.
If the bridge is closed every other day of the year, why should Xmas day be any different. Pointless letter for the sake of another 5 minutes on top of your journey. People need to get over the fact that it's closed and probably will remain closed after the trial period seen as though the roads and signage are all in place and don't look like they will be removed. J.Clarke. York. j.clarke

12:59pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Jonthan says...

Quarrie writes about
"the removal of the lovely old cobbles"

Except that they were neither lovely, old, nor cobbles.

He probably means the oblong setts which were factory made in 1976. Cobbles are large roundish stones and there were none in the square, so none were removed.
Quarrie writes about "the removal of the lovely old cobbles" Except that they were neither lovely, old, nor cobbles. He probably means the oblong setts which were factory made in 1976. Cobbles are large roundish stones and there were none in the square, so none were removed. Jonthan

1:05pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Marc77 says...

I see the Lendal bridge saga, is going to get another airing on Look North.
I see the Lendal bridge saga, is going to get another airing on Look North. Marc77

4:17pm Tue 17 Dec 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

Can't have the Christmas Day busses held up on the bridge now can we?

Anyway, going the long way around on a quiet day helps keep the CO2 up. We need that to help the trees grow so Drax can burn them.

Must be the silly Season?
Can't have the Christmas Day busses held up on the bridge now can we? Anyway, going the long way around on a quiet day helps keep the CO2 up. We need that to help the trees grow so Drax can burn them. Must be the silly Season? ColdAsChristmas

4:21pm Tue 17 Dec 13

bolero says...

Interesting ten minutes today whilst waiting for the Park and Ride in Museum Street. Some close shaves by pedestrians who think the street is traffic free and forget all about cyclists in particular who carry no means of warning, like a bell. Those cyclists who think they can now safely overtake a bus standing at the traffic lights and not expecting any traffic turning into Museum Street from St. Leonards. The thrill that taxi drivers get by tailgating those motorists who have ignored the restriction warning signs. The foreign registered car whose driver will escape the PCN and the gentleman of oriental appearance driving a British registered; most likely a hire car; who will receive a PCN presumably via the hire company. Oh! What fun.
Interesting ten minutes today whilst waiting for the Park and Ride in Museum Street. Some close shaves by pedestrians who think the street is traffic free and forget all about cyclists in particular who carry no means of warning, like a bell. Those cyclists who think they can now safely overtake a bus standing at the traffic lights and not expecting any traffic turning into Museum Street from St. Leonards. The thrill that taxi drivers get by tailgating those motorists who have ignored the restriction warning signs. The foreign registered car whose driver will escape the PCN and the gentleman of oriental appearance driving a British registered; most likely a hire car; who will receive a PCN presumably via the hire company. Oh! What fun. bolero

4:41pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Yorkie41 says...

Doesn't surprise me that the council could not answer Barbara's question as I had to ring the council about what buses you can use on the £20.00 travel on any bus anytime all week ticket, because some local buses said that I couldn't use it on there buses. The councils answer was sorry we don't know you will have to ask one of first bus drivers or staff, which was a strange thing as this scheme was set up by york council.
Doesn't surprise me that the council could not answer Barbara's question as I had to ring the council about what buses you can use on the £20.00 travel on any bus anytime all week ticket, because some local buses said that I couldn't use it on there buses. The councils answer was sorry we don't know you will have to ask one of first bus drivers or staff, which was a strange thing as this scheme was set up by york council. Yorkie41

6:06pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Dave Ruddock says...

i qagree with Yorkie41. It would be interesting to know what the council and First York have in common oyher than not talking to Customers. the Council say one thing and First York say something else, COME ON MERRETT your the so called traffif person SORT IT OUT if you can get from behind that desk walk 30 meters to there office. as for the cobbles where stone sets or real cobbles, over modernisation in repect on Ye Olde City, this new council offic onf there is over influencing things
i qagree with Yorkie41. It would be interesting to know what the council and First York have in common oyher than not talking to Customers. the Council say one thing and First York say something else, COME ON MERRETT your the so called traffif person SORT IT OUT if you can get from behind that desk walk 30 meters to there office. as for the cobbles where stone sets or real cobbles, over modernisation in repect on Ye Olde City, this new council offic onf there is over influencing things Dave Ruddock

6:40pm Tue 17 Dec 13

bolero says...

Yorkie41 wrote:
Doesn't surprise me that the council could not answer Barbara's question as I had to ring the council about what buses you can use on the £20.00 travel on any bus anytime all week ticket, because some local buses said that I couldn't use it on there buses. The councils answer was sorry we don't know you will have to ask one of first bus drivers or staff, which was a strange thing as this scheme was set up by york council.
" Don't tell them Pike"
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: Doesn't surprise me that the council could not answer Barbara's question as I had to ring the council about what buses you can use on the £20.00 travel on any bus anytime all week ticket, because some local buses said that I couldn't use it on there buses. The councils answer was sorry we don't know you will have to ask one of first bus drivers or staff, which was a strange thing as this scheme was set up by york council.[/p][/quote]" Don't tell them Pike" bolero

7:04pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Jonthan says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
i qagree with Yorkie41. It would be interesting to know what the council and First York have in common oyher than not talking to Customers. the Council say one thing and First York say something else, COME ON MERRETT your the so called traffif person SORT IT OUT if you can get from behind that desk walk 30 meters to there office. as for the cobbles where stone sets or real cobbles, over modernisation in repect on Ye Olde City, this new council offic onf there is over influencing things
Don't shout Dave, the neighbours will complain. And get that spell-checker fixed
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: i qagree with Yorkie41. It would be interesting to know what the council and First York have in common oyher than not talking to Customers. the Council say one thing and First York say something else, COME ON MERRETT your the so called traffif person SORT IT OUT if you can get from behind that desk walk 30 meters to there office. as for the cobbles where stone sets or real cobbles, over modernisation in repect on Ye Olde City, this new council offic onf there is over influencing things[/p][/quote]Don't shout Dave, the neighbours will complain. And get that spell-checker fixed Jonthan

8:37pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Yorkie41 says...

Jonthan wrote:
Dave Ruddock wrote:
i qagree with Yorkie41. It would be interesting to know what the council and First York have in common oyher than not talking to Customers. the Council say one thing and First York say something else, COME ON MERRETT your the so called traffif person SORT IT OUT if you can get from behind that desk walk 30 meters to there office. as for the cobbles where stone sets or real cobbles, over modernisation in repect on Ye Olde City, this new council offic onf there is over influencing things
Don't shout Dave, the neighbours will complain. And get that spell-checker fixed
Sorry wrong Their, what do you expect from an old man like me ha ha.
[quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: i qagree with Yorkie41. It would be interesting to know what the council and First York have in common oyher than not talking to Customers. the Council say one thing and First York say something else, COME ON MERRETT your the so called traffif person SORT IT OUT if you can get from behind that desk walk 30 meters to there office. as for the cobbles where stone sets or real cobbles, over modernisation in repect on Ye Olde City, this new council offic onf there is over influencing things[/p][/quote]Don't shout Dave, the neighbours will complain. And get that spell-checker fixed[/p][/quote]Sorry wrong Their, what do you expect from an old man like me ha ha. Yorkie41

8:59pm Tue 17 Dec 13

strangebuttrue? says...

And lets not forget the other effects of this bridge closure. I have not been travelling around York much lately but because of this when I do it is very noticeable to me that around the rest of the city it is like rush hour all day long. This of course would have been one of the councils aims for this scheme - a bit more bullying and harassment to stop you driving a car. It is all too easy to become conditioned to this congestion and forget that it is the actions of this council that are causing the congestion not those few people who choose to use a car after all it is the council who say that there is less traffic now than in 2002.
Mind you one benefit I have found is that if you do drive into town you can always get a parking place. Even last Sunday when I expected it to be packed. I also noticed how easy it was to walk around because there were not so many people about. Mind you I don't see how this can be good for York businesses?
And lets not forget the other effects of this bridge closure. I have not been travelling around York much lately but because of this when I do it is very noticeable to me that around the rest of the city it is like rush hour all day long. This of course would have been one of the councils aims for this scheme - a bit more bullying and harassment to stop you driving a car. It is all too easy to become conditioned to this congestion and forget that it is the actions of this council that are causing the congestion not those few people who choose to use a car after all it is the council who say that there is less traffic now than in 2002. Mind you one benefit I have found is that if you do drive into town you can always get a parking place. Even last Sunday when I expected it to be packed. I also noticed how easy it was to walk around because there were not so many people about. Mind you I don't see how this can be good for York businesses? strangebuttrue?

4:37pm Wed 18 Dec 13

yorkie71 says...

https://www.surveymo
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dback maybe they will read it this time (the survey feedback)
https://www.surveymo nkey.com/s/lendalfee dback maybe they will read it this time (the survey feedback) yorkie71

7:39pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Tug job says...

I must say that, in the 10 days I've been back in York, I haven't noticed an appreciable increase in traffic, either during the morning or afternoon rush hours. The centre is as busy as it usually is -it was heaving mast weekend. Can't see what all the fuss is about. What's the big deal if Lendal Bridge is closed on Xmas day? There are another two bridges in central York that can be used - it's hardly going to be busy, is it? Get a grip folks, maybe you've all got too much time on your hands?
I must say that, in the 10 days I've been back in York, I haven't noticed an appreciable increase in traffic, either during the morning or afternoon rush hours. The centre is as busy as it usually is -it was heaving mast weekend. Can't see what all the fuss is about. What's the big deal if Lendal Bridge is closed on Xmas day? There are another two bridges in central York that can be used - it's hardly going to be busy, is it? Get a grip folks, maybe you've all got too much time on your hands? Tug job

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