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Views split two weeks after bridge opens up

Doncaster's North Bridge opens to all vehicles, after ten years of restricted access.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2694LM

Doncaster's North Bridge opens to all vehicles, after ten years of restricted access. Picture: Liz Mockler D2694LM

SOME residents believe getting around Doncaster is easier - since the North Bridge opened up to all traffic.

It is now just over two weeks ago that the rules changed to allow all cars to use the bridge for the northbound journey out of Doncaster.

And residents told The Star they have found getting around quicker as a result of the change.

Lucy Bunton, aged 30, from Bentley, said after using the bridge for the first time: “It was much quicker this morning. I only recently noticed it had been opened. It was a lot easier to get to and from Bentley which is my usual journey.”

But Sarah Delaney, 30, a travel money advisor from Adwick, said: “It needs to be advertised better as I wasn’t aware of it, so I haven’t noticed any major difference to my journey to work.”

Jay Singh, 38, a market trader from Cantley, said he felt there was still a problem with congestion in the town centre in the mornings.

He said: “It’s still a nightmare to get to Cantley as it’s so congested, it’s even worse when the schools are on.

“Having said that I reckon people need to get used to it and give it a fair hearing six months down the line.”

Carole Akers, from Adwick, thinks it is too early to tell what difference opening the bridge will make.

She said: “I went to go shopping at the Frenchgate centre during the weekend and there was no congestion but that’s probably because it was early morning, so it was difficult to make a judgement on whether the change has made any real difference.”

The bridge had previously been limited to buses, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians since St George’s Bridge opened in 2002.

The re-opening had sparked some concerns over what effect the scheme would have on public transport. Concerns had been raised over whether the scheme would impact on bus journey times.

And Doncaster Taxi Drivers’ Association spokesman Andy Pownall was concerned the changes would mean traffic jams built up around the roundabout at the north end of the bridge.

 

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