A bridge too far!

A bridge too far!

A bridge too far!

First published in Letters by

THE Press of March 21 reports the latest situation which City of York Council is considering whether to abandon the Lendal Bridge closure or extend the period of closure.

The evidence is that six Park & Ride services had increased journey times (how much?); three improved (how much?); and one remained unchanged. Not much of a result considering the disruption endured.

There is little or no evidence that more people were encouraged to walk. Pollution can only have been moved around the city since traffic does not seem to be reduced, just redirected.

The most important result must be that York’s reputation with visitors was damaged and businesses harmed. This alone must make the decision obvious. Don’t close Lendal Bridge.

J Beisly, Osprey Close, York.

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1:25pm Wed 26 Mar 14

far2bizzy says...

The national papers say :

“The City of York Council has run the gauntlet of hundreds of irate motorists fined for crossing a bridge they have closed to cars. The bridge in question is one directly in front of the Minster which is being made traffic free in order to improve the area for visitors”

Sounds like pretty good tourist PR to me.
The national papers say : “The City of York Council has run the gauntlet of hundreds of irate motorists fined for crossing a bridge they have closed to cars. The bridge in question is one directly in front of the Minster which is being made traffic free in order to improve the area for visitors” Sounds like pretty good tourist PR to me. far2bizzy
  • Score: 17

1:26pm Wed 26 Mar 14

WhyEver says...

The figures on P&R bus journey times are published by the council but there are no figures for service buses, and particularly no reliability figures which were supposed to be improved by the closure.

The extra congestion across York, the PR disaster of sending fines to hundreds of visitors per day outweighs any gains - we need to reopen the bridge and get our ring road back.
The figures on P&R bus journey times are published by the council but there are no figures for service buses, and particularly no reliability figures which were supposed to be improved by the closure. The extra congestion across York, the PR disaster of sending fines to hundreds of visitors per day outweighs any gains - we need to reopen the bridge and get our ring road back. WhyEver
  • Score: -10

9:41pm Wed 26 Mar 14

strangebuttrue? says...

The council have been disregarding the evidence of their own reports on the results of their anti car policies for years. Why should this be any different? If you only have one agenda and one idea then you do whatever it takes to make the results fit your required outcome.
The council have been disregarding the evidence of their own reports on the results of their anti car policies for years. Why should this be any different? If you only have one agenda and one idea then you do whatever it takes to make the results fit your required outcome. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -27

1:03am Thu 27 Mar 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Less than 14 Months left to save York.
Less than 14 Months left to save York. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: 5

4:18am Thu 27 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

The evidence is that six Park & Ride services had increased journey times (how much?); three improved (how much?); and one remained unchanged.

The Park and Ride services in York are as follows:
2 - Rawcliffe Bar (uses Lendal Bridge)
3 - Askham Bar (does not use Lendal Bridge but after 5pm gets caught in congestion backlog from the bridge)
7 - Designer Outlet (not affected by Lendal Bridge)
8 - Grimston Bar (not affected by Lendal Bridge)
9 - Monks Cross (bus turnaround on Station Avenue is affected after 5pm by traffic backlog from Lendal Bridge)

... that's FIVE (5) bus services, whereas the letter writer seems to believe there are in fact ten!! As it seems the whole letter hangs around this thread, which is incorrect, then the letter itself is void.
[quote]The evidence is that six Park & Ride services had increased journey times (how much?); three improved (how much?); and one remained unchanged.[/quote] The Park and Ride services in York are as follows: 2 - Rawcliffe Bar (uses Lendal Bridge) 3 - Askham Bar (does not use Lendal Bridge but after 5pm gets caught in congestion backlog from the bridge) 7 - Designer Outlet (not affected by Lendal Bridge) 8 - Grimston Bar (not affected by Lendal Bridge) 9 - Monks Cross (bus turnaround on Station Avenue is affected after 5pm by traffic backlog from Lendal Bridge) ... that's FIVE (5) bus services, whereas the letter writer seems to believe there are in fact ten!! As it seems the whole letter hangs around this thread, which is incorrect, then the letter itself is void. Magicman!
  • Score: -6

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