A controversial ban on cars using Lendal Bridge in York is to be lifted from this Saturday. It follows a huge backlash after 53,000 drivers were fined up to £60 each for breaching restrictions during a six month trial.
Motorists are once again driving legally over York's Lendal Bridge after the council's controversial ban was lifted today.
The City of York Council's decision to abandon the restrictions came after the Government's traffic adjudicator ruled that the local authority had no power to impose fines on drivers crossing the bridge.
The Labour run council in York has caved in to public pressure and scrapped the controversial traffic restrictions on the city's Lendal Bridge. More than fifty thousand drivers - many of them tourists - were given tickets for crossing the bridge during the day.
There've been calls for them to get their money back. But the council leader said today the authority was within its rights to impose the restrictions and for most there'd be no refunds. Chris Kiddey reports.
"We have listened to business and the public alike and I am therefore announcing that after seeing results from the trial and these results being debated amongst my colleagues, I have asked the council's Chief Executive to lift the restriction from Saturday through the appropriate procedure."
"We have said from the outset the purpose of the Lendal Bridge trial is not to generate revenue, but to reduce traffic going over the bridge and through the city centre, as part of a long-term vision to create a more attractive and thriving city centre for us all - just as pedestrianisation of the city centre has."
A controversial ban on cars using Lendal Bridge in York is to be lifted from this Saturday. It follows huge backlash after 53 thousand drivers were fined up to 60 pounds each for breaching restrictions during a six month trial.