Everything’s going a bit back to front on Fossgate.
The flow of traffic on the street is being reversed in order to make it more welcoming to residents and shoppers.
In an experimental move, the street will become also become a ‘pedestrian priority zone’. Between 8am and 6pm only pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists who need access to Fossgate properties will be allowed to travel along it.
Road space will also be allocated for street cafes during certain hours. This all comes into play from Sunday (September 17).
Reversing the flow of traffic effectively means that Merchantgate would effectively become a T-junction.
Cars will soon be able to turn left onto Walmgate/Foss Bridge/Fossgate, as well as right onto Walmgate and out of the city.
So what exactly is a pedestrian priority zone? “A pedestrian priority zone is one where the traffic is controlled in such a way as to increase the confidence of pedestrians that they have priority over cars,” a council spokesman told YorkMix. He added:
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