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York to ban private cars in city 2 January 2020

City councillors unveil ‘unashamedly ambitious’ goal to cut carbon emissions (via The Guardian)


By Josh Halliday

The medieval city of York has announced plans to ban private car journeys from the city centre within three years in an effort to cut carbon emissions.

Councillors spelled out the “unashamedly ambitious” goal that would follow the lead of Bristol, which is due to become the first UK city to ban diesel cars by 2021.

The historic Yorkshire city, which attracts nearly 7 million visitors a year, is one of several UK cities with illegally high levels of air pollution. The ban would stop all non–essential private car journeys inside York’s city walls by 2023, with an exemption for people who rely on cars such as disabled residents.

Read more via The Guardian