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Council asks for comments on changes to Fossgate traffic flows

City of York Council

Friday 16th February 2018

Walking, Cycling, Driving, Businesses, Visiting York

City of York Council is asking for opinions on recent efforts to reduce traffic on one of the city centre’s busiest and best loved streets.

Last September, the council made Fossgate a pedestrian priority zone, except for access and cycles from 8am - 6pm and reversed the flow of traffic on an experimental basis.

Much of the traffic using Fossgate before the changes was breaking traffic regulations by using the street at times when general traffic was prohibited. The aim of the traffic flow reversal was to reduce the number of vehicles in this busy pedestrian area.

With the trial reaching six months on 17 March, the council’s executive member for transport and planning can decide whether to make the arrangements permanent after taking into account any objections.

Cllr Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said:
“Fossgate is going from strength to strength.  We made these changes after talking to residents and businesses about how to make it even more appealing.
“The main aim was to reduce the amount of traffic, which seems to have worked. Now we’re asking residents and businesses if the changes have helped to enhance what is one of our best-loved streets.”

If you have an opinion on the changes which you would like the executive member to consider when making the decision on whether the experiment should be made permanent, contact before 4:00pm on 17th March with your name, contact details and details of your objection or reasons for support. 

If the decision is taken to make the arrangement permanent, the council will work with the local community to develop the designs for the layout and signage in the area for delivery later in the financial year.