Green Party councillors have supported calls to make most car journeys within York city walls unnecessary by 2023 by ensuring public transport is good enough to encourage people to ditch their cars.
The council motion called on City of York Council to set “unashamedly ambitious” goal to ban all non-essential private car journeys in the city centre within the next three years.
Deputy Leader of City of York Council Councillor Andy D’Agorne said: “This is a welcome step at ensuring that we are being as radical as we can to put an end to the problems that unnecessary motor vehicles are causing in this city centre.
“York Greens have been calling for radical action for years now and we are delighted to be working with other parties to finally get something ambitious done.
“By getting cars off the road, we are helping tackle congestion, air pollution and climate change as well as making the city centre safer for all those that use it.
Green Party Coordinator June Tranmer said – “We know congestion is having a real impact on the economy here in York and it’s great that we are starting to get a plan together.”
“The market traders have already been through so much stress over restrictions to their access to their workplaces over the Christmas period that their wishes should very much be central to any future plans for the City Centre.
“It’s really important to ensure residents and traders are consulted every step of the way.”
Green councillors voted in favour of the plans, but some Liberal Democrat councillors abstained from the vote and three councillors voting against the move.
Under the proposals, the council will look to
- stop all non-essential private car journeys within the city walls by 2023
- work with disability groups and Blue Badge holders to ensure they can still get into the city
- ban all non-essential cars from accessing roads around the city’s primary schools at drop-off and pick-up times
- work with businesses to make sure deliveries continue and companies are not negatively impacted by changes.