City pollution myth

City pollution myth

City pollution myth

First published in Letters by

CERTAIN council officials continue to perpetuate the myth that York’s pollution levels were reduced with the trial closure of Lendal Bridge.

Forgive my simple reasoning, but surely if 80 per cent of normal bridge traffic had to travel further and longer to circumvent the closure, then surely the pollution levels in the city must have been considerably higher overall.

Yes, Lendal itself would have enjoyed considerable improvement and I believe this is what these people try to convey as being the same for all areas of our city, when this was was far removed from reality.

I can’t imagine what the levels in areas such as Rougier Street, Leeman Road and Bootham were at this time and perhaps we’ll never know.

Bill Bevan, Eastfield Crescent, Badger Hill, York.

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11:05am Fri 2 May 14

AGuyFromStrensall says...

Yay here's to lies damned lies and statistics!
Yay here's to lies damned lies and statistics! AGuyFromStrensall
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11:58am Fri 2 May 14

strangebuttrue? says...

This is what the council said in their Lendal Bridge report.

"Air quality has improved across the City, even at locations where traffic flows increased, although the improvements cannot be attributed to the Bridge restriction as the improvements fall within normal tolerances and are likely to be due to weather conditions."

Yes I seem to recall it was rather wet and windy both damping down and blowing away pollution but they just can't help misleading the public by just repeating the first few words and forgetting the rest.

I don't suppose that any time soon the council will be saying that pollution in York has increased since 2005 by as much as 48% and more generally by 33% without any increase in the volume of traffic. Yes that will be in the same period we have seen the council introduce many other measures to increase journey times and congestion to create the illusion of increasing volume. Measures such as hundreds of traffic lights, bus stops built out into the middle of the road, bus gates, road narrowing and closures (including Lendal Bridge) all of which increase fuel consumption and guess what - pollution.
This is what the council said in their Lendal Bridge report. "Air quality has improved across the City, even at locations where traffic flows increased, although the improvements cannot be attributed to the Bridge restriction as the improvements fall within normal tolerances and are likely to be due to weather conditions." Yes I seem to recall it was rather wet and windy both damping down and blowing away pollution but they just can't help misleading the public by just repeating the first few words and forgetting the rest. I don't suppose that any time soon the council will be saying that pollution in York has increased since 2005 by as much as 48% and more generally by 33% without any increase in the volume of traffic. Yes that will be in the same period we have seen the council introduce many other measures to increase journey times and congestion to create the illusion of increasing volume. Measures such as hundreds of traffic lights, bus stops built out into the middle of the road, bus gates, road narrowing and closures (including Lendal Bridge) all of which increase fuel consumption and guess what - pollution. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -46

3:34am Sat 3 May 14

Magicman! says...

There was a decrease in the traffic actually going into and through York because some people, believe it or not, actually realised there was other ways of travelling.

If you look at Foss Islands Road, Lord Mayors Walk, Gillygate, Paragon Street, Nunnery lane, Skeldergate Bridge and Fulford Road now, you will see traffic levels there are exactly the same as when Lendal bridge was closed... BUT there is now a lot more traffic going over the bridge, and around by the rail station - which means these cars are *extra*, only having reappeared in the city centre because the drivers know they can shortcut through the city centre once again.
There was a decrease in the traffic actually going into and through York because some people, believe it or not, actually realised there was other ways of travelling. If you look at Foss Islands Road, Lord Mayors Walk, Gillygate, Paragon Street, Nunnery lane, Skeldergate Bridge and Fulford Road now, you will see traffic levels there are exactly the same as when Lendal bridge was closed... BUT there is now a lot more traffic going over the bridge, and around by the rail station - which means these cars are *extra*, only having reappeared in the city centre because the drivers know they can shortcut through the city centre once again. Magicman!
  • Score: -5

12:20pm Sat 3 May 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Magicman! wrote:
There was a decrease in the traffic actually going into and through York because some people, believe it or not, actually realised there was other ways of travelling.

If you look at Foss Islands Road, Lord Mayors Walk, Gillygate, Paragon Street, Nunnery lane, Skeldergate Bridge and Fulford Road now, you will see traffic levels there are exactly the same as when Lendal bridge was closed... BUT there is now a lot more traffic going over the bridge, and around by the rail station - which means these cars are *extra*, only having reappeared in the city centre because the drivers know they can shortcut through the city centre once again.
More Myths in the making?

From the council report on the Lendal Bridge Closure:-

"Item - Parking in City Centre Car Parks.
Summary Review – Comparison with previous year - Static"
"Item - Citywide Traffic Counts
Comparison with previous year - Static"

So in other words there was no change to the volume of traffic in York during the closure of Lendal Bridge it just drove further for longer.

The council also say we have less volume of traffic now than in 2002 and it has not increased since 2005.
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: There was a decrease in the traffic actually going into and through York because some people, believe it or not, actually realised there was other ways of travelling. If you look at Foss Islands Road, Lord Mayors Walk, Gillygate, Paragon Street, Nunnery lane, Skeldergate Bridge and Fulford Road now, you will see traffic levels there are exactly the same as when Lendal bridge was closed... BUT there is now a lot more traffic going over the bridge, and around by the rail station - which means these cars are *extra*, only having reappeared in the city centre because the drivers know they can shortcut through the city centre once again.[/p][/quote]More Myths in the making? From the council report on the Lendal Bridge Closure:- "Item - Parking in City Centre Car Parks. Summary Review – Comparison with previous year - Static" "Item - Citywide Traffic Counts Comparison with previous year - Static" So in other words there was no change to the volume of traffic in York during the closure of Lendal Bridge it just drove further for longer. The council also say we have less volume of traffic now than in 2002 and it has not increased since 2005. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -49

7:50pm Mon 5 May 14

JasBro says...

It was stated quite clearly at the beginning of the trial, that air pollution could not be accurately measured over such a short time period.

Weather conditions and many other variable factors make any judgements on air pollution totally meaningless.

Anybody who tries to draw any conclusions regarding air pollution is not basing their statements on scientific evidence, but on wishful thinking, or even worse, political agendas.
It was stated quite clearly at the beginning of the trial, that air pollution could not be accurately measured over such a short time period. Weather conditions and many other variable factors make any judgements on air pollution totally meaningless. Anybody who tries to draw any conclusions regarding air pollution is not basing their statements on scientific evidence, but on wishful thinking, or even worse, political agendas. JasBro
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