Alternate routes

Alternate routes

Alternate routes

First published in Letters by

WHEN all is said and done about Lendal Bridge, most people would agree how much better it has been around the bridge, the railway station, the Minster and The Theatre Royal, during the closure.

The mismanagement of it all was mainly in the signage.

Maybe the good, responsible drivers who found alternate ways round during the eight months could continue using these new ways voluntarily, if only to show their appreciation of the beautiful city in which we live.

Most visitors will soon have a park and ride at every entrance to York, which they should be encouraged to use at every opportunity.

June Earnshaw, Foxwood Lane, York.

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11:56am Tue 22 Apr 14

NickPheas says...

Agreed. The thing that the protesters always seem to miss is that driving your car through the centre of York is a ghastly experience. All these poor tourists who got fined driving across the bridge so they could go look at the Minster were always going to come out unhappy when after 30 minutes crawling through town they found themselves on the outskirts again because it's the only place they could park.
Agreed. The thing that the protesters always seem to miss is that driving your car through the centre of York is a ghastly experience. All these poor tourists who got fined driving across the bridge so they could go look at the Minster were always going to come out unhappy when after 30 minutes crawling through town they found themselves on the outskirts again because it's the only place they could park. NickPheas
  • Score: 21

3:36pm Tue 22 Apr 14

pf1992 says...

As a driver who used to use Lendal Bridge regularly for commuting purposes, I can also agree with the above posts and have stuck to using alternative routes since the re-opening. It is not the idea of traffic restrictions in the city centre that I disagree with, as executed in the correct way this could really help such a beautiful city, but the way the council went about it was completely out of order in my opinion. Surely a warning letter sent to the offending motorists before a penalty charge was issued would be a fairer alternative and give those who were unaware of the closure the chance? Just goes to show that in the end it was all about the money.
As a driver who used to use Lendal Bridge regularly for commuting purposes, I can also agree with the above posts and have stuck to using alternative routes since the re-opening. It is not the idea of traffic restrictions in the city centre that I disagree with, as executed in the correct way this could really help such a beautiful city, but the way the council went about it was completely out of order in my opinion. Surely a warning letter sent to the offending motorists before a penalty charge was issued would be a fairer alternative and give those who were unaware of the closure the chance? Just goes to show that in the end it was all about the money. pf1992
  • Score: 38

5:05pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Stevie D says...

pf1992 wrote:
Surely a warning letter sent to the offending motorists before a penalty charge was issued would be a fairer alternative and give those who were unaware of the closure the chance?
That's exactly what the council wanted to do, but the advice from DfT was that ANPR cameras could only be used to issue fines, and could not be used to issue a warning for the first offence, which is why they had to go straight to the fines.

(Of course, there are problems with that approach even if you could legally do it, such as how long you allow after the first offence before you can fine for the next offence – if a tourist is here on holiday, they won't get the letter until after they get home, by which time they could have clocked up another six offences without learning from their mistake. But that's a moot point.)
[quote][bold]pf1992[/bold] wrote: Surely a warning letter sent to the offending motorists before a penalty charge was issued would be a fairer alternative and give those who were unaware of the closure the chance?[/quote]That's exactly what the council [italic]wanted[/italic] to do, but the advice from DfT was that ANPR cameras could only be used to issue fines, and could not be used to issue a warning for the first offence, which is why they had to go straight to the fines. (Of course, there are problems with that approach even if you [bold]could[/bold] legally do it, such as how long you allow after the first offence before you can fine for the next offence – if a tourist is here on holiday, they won't get the letter until after they get home, by which time they could have clocked up another six offences without learning from their mistake. But that's a moot point.) Stevie D
  • Score: 45

6:15pm Tue 22 Apr 14

CaroleBaines says...

Agreed. The idea was sound, the implementation a bit of a fiasco. Which is a shame.
Agreed. The idea was sound, the implementation a bit of a fiasco. Which is a shame. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 39

12:08am Wed 23 Apr 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Of course the areas in the immediate vicinity of Lendal Bridge were better but that was only because vehicles were transferred to other parts of York. So the overall effect on York was not an improvement.

As for car drivers voluntarily taking the long way around just to make the city centre nicer for others, that's being very naïve.
Of course the areas in the immediate vicinity of Lendal Bridge were better but that was only because vehicles were transferred to other parts of York. So the overall effect on York was not an improvement. As for car drivers voluntarily taking the long way around just to make the city centre nicer for others, that's being very naïve. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 4

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