York will not introduce a congestion charging after a cross-party council group recommended against imposing the London-style tax.
Instead, the city’s traffic congestion scrutiny committee suggested focusing on improving public transport and making walking and cycling more attractive alternatives to car use.
However, the group recognised that some measures to relieve congestion would be more expensive than others and therefore it warned charging could be looked at again in the future. said trying to get the money for schemes without charging should be looked at first.
The congestion committee’s chairman Dave Merrett said trying to get money for schemes without charging should be looked at first.
“The single most popular option included increasing the number of people walking, cycling and using public transport, particularly for journeys of less than five miles,” he added.
The news comes after the Government scrapped a controversial clause in its Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) in March requiring cities introduce congestion charges to qualify for millions of pounds worth of funding.
Multiple congestion charging schemes running in parallel across large areas of the country would add significantly to the administrative and cost burden on fleets, especially those travelling between urban centres.
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