Following a council motion in December pledging to restrict non-essential car use in York’s city centre by 2023 the city has had national and international coverage.
This follows an increasing trend, with Oslo and Ghent pledging to follow the example of cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Cambridge removing through traffic
and extending pedestrian priority. Green Councillor Andy D’Agorne who is Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Transport said “This cross-party commitment in York is what is needed to give confidence to bus operators and ‘last mile’ delivery companies.
“It is also a strong steer that we can create healthy streets while still maintaining essential vehicle access for deliveries, services and those with mobility needs.”
Consultation with residents, businesses and organisations via the new Local Transport Plan (see page 5) will help to identify the most effective way to prevent through traffic while maintaining essential access.
All options will be up for discussion later in 2020 – whether new or improved bus routes, freight transshipment, electric cars, residents parking zones, strategic cycle route
improvements or other ideas.
Another idea that could be considered is a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL). A WPL scheme is a charge on employers who provide workplace parking that has been introduced in Nottingham.
It is designed to encourage employers to promote public transport rather than providing parking for employees. Money raised from these schemes is then used to subsidise public transport.
Councillor D’Agorne adds, “regardless of the scheme chosen, road traffic contributes over a third of our carbon emissions. “Cutting car use has to be a key element of plans to reach zero carbon by 2030.

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