York city centre could become a ‘car free’ zone as part of a council effort to make the city carbon neutral by 2030.
A spokesperson for the City of York Council said that the local authority was ‘looking at options’ for stopping cars from entering the already largely pedestrianised city centre.
They said this move would help reduce congestion and encourage more walking, cycling and public transport.
‘Our largely pedestrianised shopping areas have already transformed the city centre and we are looking at options to take this to the next level,’ said Cllr Andy D’Agorne, deputy leader at City of York Council and executive member responsible for transport.
‘A car free and thriving city centre – which is accessible to those with limited mobility like blue badge holders – is achievable but only through detailed planning and engagement with those most affected by the proposals.’
Cllr D’Agorne said making the city centre car free would complement the council’s plan to bring in the bus based Clean Air Zone this month.
‘Responding to the climate emergency will be a city-wide effort and we will develop our plans with York residents and businesses in the next year as we work to become a cleaner, greener city,’ he added.