York Towards a Sustainable City



York Towards a Sustainable City

Authors

WHITE J J, City of York Council, UK

Description

The City of York is a thriving city of some 174,000 people, covering an area of 27,200 hectares in the North of England. An ancient city founded by the Romans in A.D. 71, the heart of the present city is largely medieval epitomised by the best preserved a

Abstract

The City of York is a thriving city of some 174,000 people, covering an area of 27,200 hectares in the North of England. An ancient city founded by the Romans in A.D. 71, the heart of the present city is largely medieval epitomised by the best preserved and near complete City Walls in Britain encircling the City. Unsurprisingly tourism is predominant with over four million visitors a year but York is also an important business, retail and industrial centre as well as being a regional capital.

On 1st April 1996 following Local Government Reorganisation the City became a new unitary authority covering a larger geographical area and taking over responsibility from North Yorkshire County Council for education, social services and most important in respect to this paper all traffic and transport matters. Previously the City was only an agent for the County Council.

The demands of a thriving City place enormous strains on a transport infrastructure ill designed for the twentieth century and it is resolving these problems and the need for new sustainable solutions that this paper discusses.

Publisher

Association for European Transport