York is on track to have the UK’s first car-free city centre after the council backed plans to ban private vehicles.

This mean an end to all “non-essential” vehicle journeys inside the ancient city walls within three years.

In a drive to cut harmful pollutants, the authority is seeking to end all “non-essential” car journeys inside its historic city walls.

The city, which boasts the world-renowned York Minister, is a tourism hotspot and often faces gridlock, particularly during the peak summer months.

Under the proposals, elderly and disabled residents who rely on their cars will be exempt.