The Council has issued the latest City centre footfall figures.
The figures show more people visited Parliament Street during December and January this winter than in the equivalent period 12 months ago.
However compared to 2012, numbers are down by 9%.
The decline in shopper numbers is likely to have been influenced by the Councils decision to impose substantial car parking charge increases.
It appears that the “free” car parking day on Saturday did not produce the hoped for increases in footfall.
The numbers monitored on Saturday (1st Feb 2014) was 31,974 compared to the busiest Saturdays in the two previous years when 37,137 (2nd Feb 13) and 40,951 (28th Jan 12) people respectively were recorded on Parliament Street.
The full figures can be found here.
Meanwhile the Council leaflet, issued to residents, which talked about “Reinvigorating York” has been branded as misleading.
Claims made in the leaflet that, post the Lendal Bridge closure, “bus reliability had improved” are in conflict with the Councils own published monitoring reports.
The 4 month monitoring report (another is now due covering the period to the end of January) shows that changes to bus journey times have been insignificant although the majority are taking longer to complete their journeys.
One (the number 7 Park and Ride link to the Designer centre) showed an increase in delays of over 3 minutes during December.
The leaflet hints that the Councils Leadership does not intend to suspend the closure at the end of the 6 month trial on 28th February.
Rather, they are now intending to prolong the ”trial” until they analyse the monitoring data which has been produced. The Council have declined to say how long this backroom analysis will take.
Meanwhile the latest survey results continue to show 79% opposed to the Lendal Bridge closure, 7% support it while 14% remain undecided.
92% say that traffic congestion in the City is getting worse.
The number of PCNs issued on Lendal Bridge and in Coppergate had reached 53,420 by the end of last year according to official figures published on the Councils web site.