York & North Yorkshire Chamber Head, Susie Cawood said:
“The Chamber is delighted that the City of York Council has listened to public opinion and is re-opening Lendal Bridge to cars. Our members have been very vociferous in their condemnation of this trial and will be relieved that they will not be hindered by idealistic transport strategies and can get on with doing business and creating wealth in the economy as well as providing jobs.
“We recognise the need for the City Council to address York’s increasing transport congestion challenges in line with the city’s growth and look forward to having some input into the commission the council is setting up to review these challenges.
“Indeed if the City of York Council is serious about reducing city centre congestion, the money needs to finally be found and the outer ring road made into a dual carriageway.
“York has a great deal to be positive about, its economy is one of the most resilient in the UK and there will be a unique opportunity to advertise the region for both investment and tourism when images of York & North Yorkshire are broadcast around the world in July during the Tour de France.
“It’s now time to put this trial behind us and concentrate on the future development, growth and success of York and the wider region.”