Lendal Bridge/Coppergate fines income now over £2 million

Lendal bridge without traffic

Lendal bridge without traffic

The York Council has today published answers to questions raised at its last meeting.

In a response to Cllr Ann Reid, Cllr Merrett admits that the Council has now banked over £2 million from PCNs issued to drivers.

The Council claims “only 2 appeals have been successfully contested” against the charge although it admits that many appeals had “not been contested by the Council.

The full response to the question posed can be read here.

(xxxiii) To the Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability from Cllr Reid:

“On the Lendal Bridge/Coppergate access restrictions, would the Cabinet Member now provide the latest information on the following and explain when he expects to publish period 6 monitoring information on the council’s website.

The number of appeals lodged each week since the beginning of August against PCNs issued for contraventions of traffic restrictions on Coppergate and Lendal Bridge

Data on the numbers of appeals is not collated in this way. However, to date, there have been 3988 appeals received for Coppergate and 11658 appeals for Lendal Bridge.

The number of appeals which have been successful each week

As above although only two appeals have been successfully contested. Additionally, CYC have taken the decision not to contest some cases.

The total revenue that the Council has received so far from PCNs following the introduction of the new restrictions on Coppergate and Lendal Bridge

As of 21st March 2014, income received by the Council was £2,006,315.

The weekly changes to journey times (all modes of transport) on each arterial road and on each section of the inner ring road since the introduction of the new traffic restrictions

Monthly data for P&R journey times has already been published along with traffic volumes on a number of key arterials.

Data for general traffic from the TrafficMaster dataset is currently being analysed for the full period of the trial.

A preliminary analysis comparing October and November 2012 to the same period in 2013 has been done giving the changes in average travel times, broken down by hour of day for before and after the start of the trial

Click here for detail

This preliminary analysis (Draft Annex A) shows that the majority of the arterial routes into the city have been unaffected by the trial – this is confirmed by data from automatic traffic counters.

  • Bootham,  Gillygate, Lord Mayors Walk, Clarence Street, St Leonards Place, Museum      Street, Lendal Arch Gyratory have shown significant reductions in travel      times.
  • Blossom  Street, Queen Street and Nunnery Lane approaches Micklegate Bar, Holgate      Road inbound and the cross city route Tower Street to Rougier Street are      also showing general improvements.
  • Foss  Islands Road, Layerthorpe Bridge, Walmgate Bar and Fishergate Gyratory      show an increase in travel times to the east of the city.  Water End / Clifton Green shows a slight      worsening during much of the day but a more significant worsening during      the PM peak 

The transport team are currently undertaking a more detailed analysis of the data – looking at the variability in travel times at Clifton Green and Water End in particular.

The numbers of accidents reported on roads in the City centre comparing the last 6 months with the equivalent period in 2012/13

Accident stats for Jan / Feb 2014 are not yet available from the Police.

Accident rates comparing the four months Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2012 to same period during the trial for the Inner Ring Road, Water End and cross city routes – Coppergate and Ouse Bridge.

Total reported accidents during the first four months of the trial, during the restriction period have halved from 16(0 serious) in 2012 to 8(*1 serious) in 2013.

(*The serious injury accident was a motorcyclist injured at the junction of Paragon Street / Fawcett Street) 

Accidents occurring at all times of day

Vehicle

Cycle

Pedestrian

Total

2012

2013

2012

2013

2012

2013

2012

2013

Fatal

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Serious

0

3

0

0

1

1

1

4

Slight

11

6

18

8

4

5

33

19

Total

11

9

18

8

5

6

34

23

 

Accidents occurring within Lendal Bridge Restriction   Times

– 10:30 to 17:00

Vehicle

Cycle

Pedestrian

Total

2012

2013

2012

2013

2012

2013

2012

2013

Fatal

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Serious

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Slight

6

3

8

2

2

2

16

7

Total

6

4

8

2

2

2

16

8

A wider cordon covering all the city centre, Holgate road and Water End shows accident rates drop from 33 (3 serious) to 17 (2 serious) for the 4 months Sep-Dec 2012 to Sep-Dec 2013.

Whilst these results are encouraging they are based on small samples and random variation and other factors might be responsible.

The latest air quality monitoring reports for key sites in and close to the City centre, including the Leeman Road area, and comparing these with last year?”

“The data from the air quality ‘real time’ monitoring sites and diffusion tubes has now been collected for the trial period and is being analysed by the Environmental Protection Unit in conjunction with ITS Leeds. The results will be reported to the 6 May Cabinet meeting.”

8 thoughts on “Lendal Bridge/Coppergate fines income now over £2 million

  1. Denis Emery says:

    How dare the Council give misleading information to their own Councillors. They stated to Cllr Reid that only two appeals contested were successful. Let us have the true facts. It would appear that all but two appeals that went to the tribunal have not been contested by the Council and these other two were successful. I believe that the Council have not won one appeal that went to the adjudicator. The Council have continued to ignore many requests under the freedom of information Act for details of appeals. I have requested a number of times and still have not received all of the figures. Just like Clor Reid’s request have not been fully answered. A number of us have requested the number of appeals that have gone to the Adjudicator. The number that have not been contested by the Council at a Tribunal. The total number of cancelled PCNs on appeal. The number that the council have contested at a tribunal and won. The figures given to Cllr Reid have been made to distort the true facts that this Trial has been
    Badly managed.

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