Bridge reopening

Bridge reopening

Bridge reopening

First published in Letters by

I AM disappointed that the Lendal Bridge closure has now been reversed.

It was a joy to walk and cycle around that area in the restricted hours and it felt much safer and healthier.

I hope now the council will compensate pedestrians by looking closely at the pedestrain crossing from Exhibition Square to Bootham Bar.

This has for some time been set more for the benefit of those in polluting vehicles, mostly stationary, at the expense of those of us who just want to cross. The elderly with shopping, mothers with young children or large groups of tourists all have to wait in all weathers for about three minutes before they can get to the other side, part of this period spent trapped in the inadequate space in the centre.

In this time an egg can be soft boiled. Or if we were in the Cold War era and the four-minute warning was given of a Soviet attack, most of the rest of your life would have been spent waiting to cross a road.

J Langton, Osbaldwick, York.

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10:12am Thu 17 Apr 14

CHISSY1 says...

What else could possibly be commented on regarding Lendal Bridge and Richard III,it has all been said,find something else to complain about.
What else could possibly be commented on regarding Lendal Bridge and Richard III,it has all been said,find something else to complain about. CHISSY1
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10:28am Thu 17 Apr 14

yorkiemum says...

Is this a 'friend' of Councillor Semelyn?
Is this a 'friend' of Councillor Semelyn? yorkiemum
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1:12pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Tiv says...

its also a joy to drive across it, it is after all a road bridge!
its also a joy to drive across it, it is after all a road bridge! Tiv
  • Score: 7

4:29pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Igiveinthen says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
What else could possibly be commented on regarding Lendal Bridge and Richard III,it has all been said,find something else to complain about.
It's one of those letters Merrett asked Semlyn to organise, you know 'Ana can you get some made up letters of support put in the press', can we give it a rest and concentrate on getting this council out of office!
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: What else could possibly be commented on regarding Lendal Bridge and Richard III,it has all been said,find something else to complain about.[/p][/quote]It's one of those letters Merrett asked Semlyn to organise, you know 'Ana can you get some made up letters of support put in the press', can we give it a rest and concentrate on getting this council out of office! Igiveinthen
  • Score: 4

2:07am Fri 18 Apr 14

Magicman! says...

yorkiemum wrote:
Is this a 'friend' of Councillor Semelyn?
I was thinking the same thing.
A report from the council did have a suggestion from a certain group that the Bootham junction should have a diagonal crossing going from Bootham Tower (the tour bus office) to the corner of Gillygate and Bootham Bar, with it giving a green pedestrians signal after every traffic phase. Completely unrealiatic.
The current setup at that junction is called "Walk With Traffic" - it means that one set of vehicles can be going around the junction, whilst elsewhere on the junction pedestrians can be crossing at the same time... it is the best balance between vehicle movements and pedestrians movements. The problem comes in that certain sets of lights stay on green for vehicles too long - but that's because these roads have too many vehicles on them in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]yorkiemum[/bold] wrote: Is this a 'friend' of Councillor Semelyn?[/p][/quote]I was thinking the same thing. A report from the council did have a suggestion from a certain group that the Bootham junction should have a diagonal crossing going from Bootham Tower (the tour bus office) to the corner of Gillygate and Bootham Bar, with it giving a green pedestrians signal after every traffic phase. Completely unrealiatic. The current setup at that junction is called "Walk With Traffic" - it means that one set of vehicles can be going around the junction, whilst elsewhere on the junction pedestrians can be crossing at the same time... it is the best balance between vehicle movements and pedestrians movements. The problem comes in that certain sets of lights stay on green for vehicles too long - but that's because these roads have too many vehicles on them in the first place. Magicman!
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