New traffic restrictions at Micklegate Bar
City of York Council is introducing new restrictions on Micklegate from Monday 10 December, to prevent vehicles travelling outbound from the city and reduce the impact of traffic on the historic bar walls.
A call for the outbound closure of Micklegate Bar was debated by councillors at a full council meeting on 19th July. Following this, a report was taken to a transport and planning decision session meeting on 13th September, to take these proposals forward.
This has paved way for an experimental Traffic Regulation order (TRO) to be introduced for a maximum of 18 months, during which time the changes could become permanent.
The TRO will help determine the benefits of restricting vehicles in Micklegate and will allow the local community and businesses the opportunity to experience the changes before making representations.
During this 18 month period, there will be an outbound road closure only (cycle access will be available in both directions). This means the road will be open to inbound traffic through Micklegate Bar from Blossom Street/Nunnery Lane/Queen Street.
Signage will be installed at Micklegate Bar, with temporary information signs placed on all approaches.
Cllr Peter Dew, Executive Member for Transport and Planning at City of York Council, said: “The aim of the experiment is to improve the environment in Micklegate by removing a proportion of the through traffic whilst maintaining access for those who need it.
“We hope this will help traders and businesses to take advantage of the reduced traffic in the area and will encourage even more pedestrians to shop down Micklegate too.”
There was a successful full road closure put in place last year on Micklegate Bar as part of a £1.5million restoration scheme to preserve and protect York’s medieval city walls.
For more information about the scheme, a report from the decision session on Thursday 13th September is available at http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=738&MId=10859