York Plans a Car-Free City Centre by 2023

By Gary Cutlack on at

York is planning to join Bristol in attempting to outlaw cars from its city centre, although York's scheme goes quite a bit further than making diesel drivers feel a bit unwelcome, as it's planning to restrict all forms of combustion car from its densely packed historical maze of a centre.

The move is the committee-child of the City of York Council, which wants to restrict all "non-essential private car journeys" in the centre, leaving it enough wriggle room to allow disabled access and maybe taxis and resident passes for native Range Rovers, powering the city towards an ambition to declare itself carbon neutral on tourism leaflets by 2030.

Local councillor Jonny Crawshaw explained: "People's first response might be to be a bit anxious about what we're proposing. But that doesn’t mean it's not the right thing to do. The public mood is changing -- particularly in relation to climate change."

He added: "Fewer cars on York's roads would enable faster, more reliable public transport from the suburbs and villages into the city centre. Fewer cars on the roads would make cycling feel safer and a more viable option for more people." [Guardian]

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