Liverpool’s ‘Car Free Day’ ends in disaster following severe traffic jams

Council compelled to cancel ‘car-free day’ after inflicting extreme site visitors jams (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

A ‘car-free day’ in Liverpool has been branded a ‘catastrophe’ and was compelled to finish early amid chaos, congestion and unhealthy climate within the metropolis centre.

Town council closed most of The Strand yesterday in a bid to encourage individuals to seek out other ways to journey round city.

The deliberate shutdown will proceed till 4pm, with numerous actions set to happen on the road.

Nevertheless it wasn’t lengthy earlier than hassle began to come up when big queues of site visitors started to pile up across the metropolis middle, bringing the entire place to a halt as automobiles have been diverted from the waterfront.

One picture of a site visitors jam, shared on Twitter by Tommy Joseph, exhibits the path of a site visitors jam on Tithebarn Avenue.

He tweeted: ‘Certainly plenty of idle automobiles with their engines operating have the alternative impact on enhancing metropolis air high quality?’

One other Twitter consumer, Jonny, shared a video of the massive queue of automobiles south of The Strand. He stated: ‘”Automobile free day” on the primary street by means of city. Sounds good on paper. After all I need higher air.

‘However the street to hell is paved with good intentions; and the execution and unintended penalties are dire.’

Council officers lastly determined to cancel the occasion and reopened the street which was closed at round 2pm.

The council later tweeted a press release thanking individuals for his or her ‘endurance’ amid closed roads and unhealthy climate.

Biking campaigner Andi Armitage stated: ‘How to not have a car-free day. Somewhat than sign advantage and give attention to optics, present a brief various to utilizing a automobile.’

Mounsey’s marketing campaign accomplice added: ‘Nobody, nobody will help related actions within the years to come back. Somewhat than producing one thing good for at present, it’s simpler to supply one thing utterly garbage. There received’t be something for a car-free day subsequent 12 months.’

A Liverpool Metropolis Council spokesman stated: “Sadly as a consequence of heavy rain, many Automobile Free Day actions deliberate to happen at The Strand have needed to be cancelled. Because of this, the choice was taken to complete this system early and reopen The Strand.

“We wish to thank everybody who has supported at present’s program. We all know a shutdown like it will trigger some disruption, however the council is dedicated to enhancing the town’s air high quality and statements like at present’s are a solution to get individuals occupied with the best way they journey.

‘The board can be investing in additional infrastructure from biking trails to new e-bike companies to offer extra alternatives for individuals to make steps in direction of more healthy existence and a more healthy surroundings.’

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