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Motorists confused over Lendal Bridge ‘alternative routes’ website
10:45am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A NEW system aimed at helping motorists disrupted by the new Lendal Bridge restrictions has come under fire – for offering no alternative routes.
City of York Council set up the online service so motorists could find routes avoiding the bridge, which is now closed to private vehicles during the day.
But many people using the site to ask for directions are still shown a route map that uses the bridge.
The map for each journey is accompanied by written directions that include a warning that the bridge use is now restricted, but with no suggested “plan b”.
The site works by users entering their starting point and destination and then being shown a suggested route, alongside written step-bystep directions. But drivers who would have previously included Lendal Bridge in their route, such as from Blossom Street to York Hospital, are offered no alternative advice.
Ian Gillies, leader of the council’s Conservative opposition, said: “This is further evidence of the rush to close the bridge without appropriate signage and consultation, putting political ideology ahead of the needs of the residents of the city.
"It gives us little trust in an organisation where even the council website makes such a pig’s ear of designing an alternative route. You could not make it up!”
A spokeswoman for City of York Council, said: “The i-Travel York journey planner tool is currently in development and the test version provides a useful alert to drivers on the traffic restrictions currently in force on Lendal Bridge.
“We are working closely with the developers to provide further information on alternative routes in the finished version, which is due to be released within the next month.”
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