Residents vote against introducing congestion charging in the city centre
11 May 2010

York residents have rejected plans to introduce congestion charging in the city centre.

The local council claims York's roads will be 28 per cent busier by 2021 and a congestion charge zone in the city centre was one way it was hoping to combat the problem.

However, after a council-led public consultation, a majority of residents said they'd be against a congestion charge zone being introduced.

Instead, residents said they'd like to see an improved bus service in the city and a freight depot being established on the outskirts of the city. Other proposals that the council is considering include road improvements, more cycle routes and better public transport services.

The council will consider the result of the residents' vote a week today.

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11 May 2010

How long before it becomes the sensible thing to legislate for lone drivers to use only a Smart car, or an iQ, or Murray's city car between certain hours in the working day in city centres?

11 May 2010

surely its better to just ban cars from city/town centres.


11 May 2010

Did this come as a surprise to them??

Two things need to happen to make our towns/cities less congested:

1. Relief Roads - Roads that bypass the town/cities altogether. TO get where I'm going almost daily I have to drive right through the town, I have no need ot be there, I dont want to be there, but ist eh only was without a very significant detour to get to where I'm going. There are plenty of opportunites for a bypass.

2. Park + Ride. Why not create Large out of town Car Parks with a free shuttle bus into town? Not only this, as long as it isnt too far out of town, I would actually use it and be happy to use it. I would much rather leave my car in an out of town spacious car park than try and find a space in town barely big enough for some little Aygo or somthing.

Those two things alone would virtually solve our congestion problems.

11 May 2010

I really hope the residents get their choice obeyed by the council as congestion charging is not a solution merely a cash cow. Park and ride works well in Cambride so why not York.

11 May 2010

They may regret getting their wish, the council will take the desire for a better bus service as a mandate to get the paint pot out and stick down more bus lanes, bus only turns, bus priority traffic lights etc, reducing the existing congestion to utter grid lock. They can then smugly say 'told you so' about congestion charging, perhaps then the desperately frustrated residents will go for it.

11 May 2010

[quote fhp11]Park + Ride. Why not create Large out of town Car Parks with a free shuttle bus into town?[/quote] To really work properly you need decent security otherwise people won't want to leave a car all day in a larger than average car-park that is miles from anywhere. I used to use the park-and-ride in Oxford but gave up after the car was broken into on three occasions. On one occasion the police were even using a decoy car in the car park in an effort to catch the bas?????. They watched the chap break into my car and pull the radio out before taking any action so that they could catch him red-handed, however they only caught up with him as he ran away and had thrown the stolen radio and CDs into the bushes. He was detained and then released as they decided that as he was not in possession of the items at the time of arrest, they did not have a viable chance of securing a conviction. I was told that I could bring a civil prosecuution if I wanted but was also advised that it was unlikely I'd get anywhere with it as the guy was a known drug-addict of no-fixed abode. Since that little incident I always tried to park in a busy place as near to passing foot-traffic as possible.


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11 May 2010

Introducing Congestion Charging without offering a viable alternative is pure financial black mail. If they introduce a viable alternative, motorists may willingly quit the traffic jams on their own accord. I have no idea what the current public transport is like in York, it may be under utilised or overpriced, but regardless of what people say, London has excellent alternative transport that is simply a victim of its own success. Driving into London is now so expensive (CC + Parking) that it makes London transport look like good value

11 May 2010

Erm 'Los Angeles', That is utterly mad. and it will never be the sensible thing. It would mean everyone with a family, friends, or a need to move any objects having to A) buy a tiny 'Smart' type car as well just to use in the 'rush hour', and so increasing the number of vehicles needed to be parked somewhere, when the whole idea is to reduce the number of cars in the country, or B) banning those people from driving in city centres in the rush hour. Neither of which won't work. Besides, it is not the size of vehicles as such that restricts vehicle flow, but the number.

11 May 2010

Im glad that York coucil has realised they are there to represent the people, not dictate to them... congestion charging only affects one group of people- hardworking people who have no choice but to drive to work. I dont live in York but where I live I physically cannot get public transport for work. I dont live in the middle of nowhere, but there just is no public transport route to work. I have to drive to work, simple as. Us working people are penalised & sidelined enough so Im glad this tax on getting to work has not been introduced in York.

I am not against intelligent solutions to congestion: Improve public transport & get people to choose to use it. Give people dependent on their cars a PROPER alternative that is convenient, safe, affordable & vaguely clean & comfortable (I went on a bus recently & Im not a snob but it STUNK, & the bus driver let someone with an evil looking dog on purely because he was too scared to say no) & people might CHOOSE to alleviate congestion themselves. Forcing people into public transport is never going to work- outside of London & the major cities Im sorry but public transport is just not a realistic option for most of us. I NEED my car.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

11 May 2010

Well done, reidents of York.

When will councils realise the solution to our roads is not congestion charging, more camera, more humps, more bus lanes, etc.

We just want to get were we are going with the minimum of agro.

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