Experimental changes set to enhance Fossgate

Published Wednesday, 13th September 2017

In a bid to help make Fossgate even more welcoming for residents and businesses a number of traffic changes are set to come into action on Sunday 17 September.

The changes include making the street a pedestrian priority zone including for access and cycles from 8am - 6pm and reversing the flow of traffic to help reduce the amount of through traffic. Road space will also be allocated for street cafes during certain hours.

Cllr Ian Gillies, executive member for transport and planning, said: "Fossgate is fast becoming one of York’s most loved streets with a vibrant mix of cafes, bars, restaurants and independent shops making it a great place for people to shop and relax. These changes come after an ongoing discussion with residents and businesses to help make the area more appealing.

“Fossgate has been going from strength to strength over recent years and I hope these changes will help to further enhance the street.”

The changes follow on from a consultation with businesses and residents on the street and after approval at a decision session on 22 June.

The scheme is being introduced as an experimental scheme that could run for up to 18 months. If any objections are made during the experimental period they will be considered before a decision is made on whether to make the scheme permanent.

If the trial is considered a success and made permanent more detailed design work will be carried out to replace the temporary measures and to improve the quality of the street.

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