Simon Williams, chairman of the North Yorkshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, said the bridge closure would not reduce traffic levels in York. "We're still going to get congestion, we're just moving it to different areas of the city. It's also going to affect businesses in that people may say they're not going to come to York as it's too difficult."
Conservative Leader Cllr. Ian Gillies has called for an end to the Lendal Bridge closure experiment prior to its scheduled conclusion in February saying that statistics have shown that the trial is not working. He said, “Whilst I do not criticise the administration for trying something new, the recently published statistics show there have been no appreciable gains in any of the areas such as bus journey times and usage where the Council was anticipating improvement, while on the other hand problems have been stacking up all over the City.”
The experiment came to an end officially on February 27th but the restrictions were to remain in force until the May council meeting to allow time for a "full evaluation" of the scheme. All interested parties, pro and con, had been preparing their predictable views until Messrs Stephen Knapp and Simon Rhodes threw a substantial spanner into the works on Tuesday last, April 1st.
A new livery variant launched in Leicester on Thursday last.
And in case you wondered. You did wonder, didn't you?
Following a £5.9million investment in December 2013 which saw 35 newer buses introduced to their fleet, First Leicester has been working on a new concept that looks to connect the cultural and historical roots of the city with the people and places of Leicester as it is today. Each of the company’s 13 routes will have a specially designed theme that is associated with the city. The first three routes to be launched cover Leicester’s involvement in space research and technology, the work of Leicester born designer Ernest Gimson and Leicester’s heritage as a centre of hosiery and textile industry.
No, neither did fbb!
Ernest William Gimson (Leicester, 21 December 1864 to 12 August 1919) was an English furniture designer and architect.
It won't be long before every First Bus bus will be in different livery; O.K., if not bus, certainly bus route. Corporate identity - Phooey!