Closure of bridge

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SO, the decision to partially close Lendal Bridge to private motorists which was sold to us as a “six months trial” is to continue for another one, two or even three months.

There is no surprise there really.

It seems obvious that the sheer numbers of people fined indicate that many don’t readily interpret “restricted access” to mean “no private cars”, and most visitors, new to York, don’t know which bridge is Lendal Bridge until it is too late.

Not many people can afford to deliberately shrug their shoulders and accept a £30/£60 fine.

I suspect that the antagonism to the closure is motivated more by mistrust than the need to find new ways to cross York.

Incidentally, I am not a gentleman, and have never been accused of sneering.

Pamela Brown, Goodwood Grove York

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1:02pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Cheeky face says...

I queried the words "restricted access" a month before the signs were erected! I still await a proper reply from the council. DfT, institute of Asdvanced Motorists, Institute iof Road Users, RAC e etc concerned at the words used. Some signs were changed to replace restricted access with the word "closed".

The leaked e-mails gave us answers to what most of knew.

Back to the drawing board I feel for the council, because congestion has only been moved; and air quality too.

Why did it have to be like that?

Lendal Bridge's signs are now about right; but it took five and a half months.
Bus lane markings/signs need to be better if the trial becomes permanent.

Congestion is merely being re-located!
I queried the words "restricted access" a month before the signs were erected! I still await a proper reply from the council. DfT, institute of Asdvanced Motorists, Institute iof Road Users, RAC e etc concerned at the words used. Some signs were changed to replace restricted access with the word "closed". The leaked e-mails gave us answers to what most of knew. Back to the drawing board I feel for the council, because congestion has only been moved; and air quality too. Why did it have to be like that? Lendal Bridge's signs are now about right; but it took five and a half months. Bus lane markings/signs need to be better if the trial becomes permanent. Congestion is merely being re-located! Cheeky face
  • Score: -44

5:18pm Thu 13 Mar 14

strangebuttrue? says...

News to me that it was "sold to us". I believe most people rejected this generous offer of more pollution and congestion in our city and wasting their lives driving miles round sitting in longer queues which the council creates in the first place.
No thrust upon us with a load of misleading promises like most of the bullying tactics the council uses to "encourage modal change".
News to me that it was "sold to us". I believe most people rejected this generous offer of more pollution and congestion in our city and wasting their lives driving miles round sitting in longer queues which the council creates in the first place. No thrust upon us with a load of misleading promises like most of the bullying tactics the council uses to "encourage modal change". strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -41

10:14am Fri 14 Mar 14

inthesticks says...

You`re being a bit optimistic Pamela " to continue for another one, two or even three months."
The council have legally applied for the bridge to be closed for 18 months until Feb 2015.
The only hope we have is that the cabinet realise they are going to have a sorry thumping at the next election and decide their only hope is to give us a big apology, re-open LB and beg our forgiveness. No I can`t see it happening either.
You`re being a bit optimistic Pamela " to continue for another one, two or even three months." The council have legally applied for the bridge to be closed for 18 months until Feb 2015. The only hope we have is that the cabinet realise they are going to have a sorry thumping at the next election and decide their only hope is to give us a big apology, re-open LB and beg our forgiveness. No I can`t see it happening either. inthesticks
  • Score: -30

11:49am Fri 14 Mar 14

Captain Beige says...

See the sign on this link? Know what that means?

If you don't I suggest you look at the highway code.

I don't agree with the closure, it hasn't helped the city at all, but you'd have to be blind not to see the warning signs near the bridge!
See the sign on this link? Know what that means? If you don't I suggest you look at the highway code. I don't agree with the closure, it hasn't helped the city at all, but you'd have to be blind not to see the warning signs near the bridge! Captain Beige
  • Score: 30

11:50am Fri 14 Mar 14

Captain Beige says...

do better if I added link...


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do better if I added link... http://news.images.i tv.com/image/file/25 3491/image_update_a4 fcce5703666760_13776 03360_9j-4aaqsk.jpeg Captain Beige
  • Score: 30

11:39am Sat 15 Mar 14

old_geezer says...

Cheeky face wrote:
I queried the words "restricted access" a month before the signs were erected! I still await a proper reply from the council. DfT, institute of Asdvanced Motorists, Institute iof Road Users, RAC e etc concerned at the words used. Some signs were changed to replace restricted access with the word "closed".

The leaked e-mails gave us answers to what most of knew.

Back to the drawing board I feel for the council, because congestion has only been moved; and air quality too.

Why did it have to be like that?

Lendal Bridge's signs are now about right; but it took five and a half months.
Bus lane markings/signs need to be better if the trial becomes permanent.

Congestion is merely being re-located!
Agreed, "Restricted access" isn't clear. The signs should have said "Authorised vehicles only" - if you're authorised, you'll know!
[quote][p][bold]Cheeky face[/bold] wrote: I queried the words "restricted access" a month before the signs were erected! I still await a proper reply from the council. DfT, institute of Asdvanced Motorists, Institute iof Road Users, RAC e etc concerned at the words used. Some signs were changed to replace restricted access with the word "closed". The leaked e-mails gave us answers to what most of knew. Back to the drawing board I feel for the council, because congestion has only been moved; and air quality too. Why did it have to be like that? Lendal Bridge's signs are now about right; but it took five and a half months. Bus lane markings/signs need to be better if the trial becomes permanent. Congestion is merely being re-located![/p][/quote]Agreed, "Restricted access" isn't clear. The signs should have said "Authorised vehicles only" - if you're authorised, you'll know! old_geezer
  • Score: -47

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