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York to back a car-free day

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The City of York Council in conjunction with businesses in the area has launched an initiative to try to reduce traffic congestion in the city.

People from York will be encouraged to use alternative transport methods for one day in September as part of the new scheme, which it is hoped will demonstrate how cheap, easy and healthy other options can be.

Bus companies First and Transdev will also offer free fares to anyone who registers ahead of time and there will be other incentives to use public transport and cycling on the day.

Damon Copperthwaite, the council’s assistant director for city development and transport, said: “We recognise that private cars do have a place in modern life, but if people could reduce their car journeys and only use the car when it’s absolutely necessary, York would be a cleaner, greener and heather city.

“And rather ironically, it would also mean that essential car journeys would be even quicker because of decreased congestion levels.”

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