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York citizens questioned on traffic management

York City Council is seeking residents’ views to help shape traffic management policy in the city for the next decade. 

With a projected 28% increase in traffic between now and 2021 in the city simply continuing current policies is not an option, the council’s cross-party Traffic Congestion Scrutiny Committee said.

The Tackling Traffic Congestion in York consultation questionnaire will go out to all residents over the next two weeks and will ask key questions about York’s long term strategy for tackling traffic congestion in the city.

A number of transport experts have assisted the committee, including the firm behind the London congestion scheme, in drawing up four options for public consultation.

Committee chair Dave Merrett said the city has only a few viable choices to make a significant improvement in long term congestion.

“Many measures only make a marginal difference that is soon swallowed up by further traffic growth.”

Dave Merrett, Traffic Congestion Scrutiny Committee

“Many measures only make a marginal difference that is soon swallowed up by further traffic growth,” he said. “The committee agreed with officers’ views that a radical future solution will be required if we are to avoid the further serious spread of congestion well outside the current problem areas.”

Merrett said better bus service, bus fare “restraint”, cycling network improvements, walking routes and ring road capacity improvements will all be essential for the city and will prevent increasing disruption to motorists, continuing air quality problems and negative effects on York’s economy and the quality of life in the city.

“The committee has been looking at strategies that involve raising additional funds towards the required measures,” said Merrett. “We would now like to hear residents’ views before we make a recommendation to the council’s Executive on how the Council should proceed to tackle the long term issues.”

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