TRAFFIC which was banned from a town centre bridge more than a decade ago has been allowed to return in a bid to cut congestion and woo more shoppers to the area.
Doncaster’s North Bridge has been limited to taxis, buses, private hire vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians since the new St George’s Bridge over the River Don opened in 2002.
But the ban has been reversed for traffic leaving the town centre following pressure from mayor Peter Davies.
Last night many motorists were using the bridge for the first time.
Doncaster Council said the work to reopen the bridge was completed ahead of schedule and included new traffic signals and signage to ensure drivers were aware that restrictions remain in place for inbound traffic.
Mr Davies said the move opened up a “world of opportunities” for Doncaster.
“It was nonsensical that we had two bridges connecting north Doncaster to the town centre but only one being used by private motorists which are the largest group of road users,” he said.
“There has been widespread public support for the reopening of North Bridge which should help reduce the build-up of traffic on this side of town, particularly along our inner ring road, Trafford Way.
“Improving access and having the right road infrastructure opens up a world of opportunities for Doncaster and has always been a top priority.”