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Decision Session: City centre access review

A number of options to improve city centre access for pedestrians and give greater clarity to road users will be brought to an Executive Member decision session on 12th November.

York has one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe, which creates a safer and more attractive city centre for residents, businesses, shoppers and visitors. 
 
City of York Council carried out a review of its city centre pedestrian zone in 2012, which identified a number of improvements to help reduce city centre through traffic and ensure pedestrians continued to have safe access.
 
Building on this review, further proposals outlined at the time are now being put forward for consideration to simplify restrictions in the pedestrian zone further and create a better understanding of the traffic regulations in this area (e.g. loading and unloading times), 
These include: 
  • Extending loading and unloading times either side of the pedestrian zone to give delivery drivers more time and greater priority over general traffic.
  • Unify the access restrictions outside the pedestrian and loading only hours. This will ensure drivers have more clarity on restriction timings whilst aiming to help reducing the volume of traffic in the city centre in the early evening and through the night.
  • Extend the road closure at the Nessgate / Spurriergate into the evening or through the night. Also investigate extending the period of time when the bollards are in place, to either reopen at some point during the evening or in the early hours of the morning.
  • Review the Blue Badge and Green Permit holders access in the pedestrian zone and reviewing the Piccadilly / Pavement / Stonebow vehicle access and enforcement.
  • Investigating vehicle access and enforcement on Piccadilly / Pavement / Stonebow / Fossgate / St. Saviourgate. These recommendations would tie in with the outcome of the Coppergate proposals, which will improve driver compliance with the regulations and reduce general traffic on key public transport routes through the city centre.
Cllr Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “I welcome this review and are pleased to see that we’re taking steps to further simplify the restrictions in the pedestrian zone and create a better understanding of the traffic regulations. We have one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe, which helps to create a safer and more attractive city centre for everyone, so this review is important to ensure we can continue to improve access in York.”
 
If approved these options will help shape the short, mid and longer term development of the pedestrian zone in the city.
 
The Executive Member for Transport and Planning’s Decision Session will take place on Thursday 12th November at West Offices from 5pm and is open to members of the public. Watch the meeting live online at www.york.gov.uk/webcasts
 
To find out more about the report visit: http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=738&MId=9030