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York Labour stalls Clarence Street decision

Labour councillors have called-in a council decision which they say will have no obvious impact on improving bus services.
 
They are seeking a cross party review of a decision to commit £270,000 to a scheme that will be funded exclusively from budgets allocated for improving bus services, but which they say will not benefit buses, cars or cyclists.
 
Labour’s transport spokesperson, Coun. Janet Looker said:
 
“This scheme is a shadow of its former self and from our perspective, represents very poor value for money as it fails to have any significant impact for any road user.
 
“The two pots of funding for this scheme are designed to both reduce bus service delays and improve bus services more generally, and I’d challenge anyone to tell me how the current scheme will do either.
 
“Just as concerning is the Executive Member’s attempt to use ‘better bus’ funding to repair the road surface and replace traffic signalling.  It seems an entirely inappropriate use of the funds”.
 
The original scheme consisted of measures including lengthening Clarence Street’s two lane approach to its junction with Gillygate, which would’ve helped to tackle congestion, and a cycle lane approach and cycle waiting area at the junction. Both have been removed meaning the scheme will offer no tangible benefits to motorists and cyclists.
 
Labour believes the £100k reduction in cost comes with the removal of almost all of the benefits of the scheme.
 
A decision to remove the cycle feeder lane on the Lord Mayor’s Walk approach to the junction was reversed at the meeting, meaning a reduction in provision for cyclists was changed to the status quo. 
 
The meeting to discuss the call in is likely to take place in mid-July.
 

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