City of York Council wants residents to shape plans to transform the front of York Railway Station into a ‘fitting gateway to the city’.
Under the proposals, the redundant Queen Street Bridge would be removed to create the space for the changes, which include:
- an improved transport interchange with separate arrival points for cars, buses, taxis and cyclists
- moving the taxi-rank, drop-off points and short stay parking access to create car-free public spaces in Team Room Square and a new ‘Station Square’
- revealing hidden parts of the City Wall, the station and York RI’s buildings to offer a better setting for the city’s heritage
The council is working with Network Rail, the Intercity East Coast Mainline franchise and engineering and design consultancy Arup to develop a master plan for the area, together with a planning application for the first phase of the works – which would deal with the removal of the bridge and changes to the road layout.
The council wants as many residents, businesses and interested groups to join the conversation which will shape the proposals over the next four weeks.
Cllr Andrew Waller, deputy leader of the council, said:
“Transforming the area in front of Railway Station is integral to making it fit for the 21st Century, and much more in tune with sustainable ways of getting around.
“It plays a vital role connecting the station to the city centre, and surrounding communities to one of Europe’s largest city-centre sustainable developments York Central.
“Our residents, visitors and stunning heritage all deserve a much better gateway to the city!
“These plans have the potential to deliver it – now we need residents, businesses and groups to engage to help us make the most of the opportunity.”
Councillor Peter Dew, executive member for transport, said:
“Travelling to and from the station is a far from ideal experience, whichever mode of transport you use.
“We now have a fantastic opportunity to make it much easier to use, especially with the station set for a three-fold increase in passenger numbers over the next 30 years.
“The proposals build upon what people have told in previous consultations. The master plan promotes sustainable travel options, encouraging pedestrians, bus use and cycling. They will also link up with new transport arrangements for York Central and the new pedestrian and cycle deck on Scarborough Bridge, and end the congestion problem in Tea Room Square.
“I am pleased to see more progress being made in such an important area for the city, and look forward to joining the conversation with local residents and businesses.”
“You have until midnight on Monday 9 July to have your say on the plans. You may join the conversation by:
- Going online at www.york.gov.uk/stationfront , where you can also view a 3D virtual tour of the proposals.
- Visiting exhibitions at York Railway Station (next to Platforms 1 and 3) and in the council’s West Offices.
- You can discuss the proposals with members of the project team at:
York Railway Station Wednesday 13 June 2018 3 – 8pm
City of York Council Offices Wednesday 20 June 2018 10am – 3pm
York Railway Station Saturday 23 June 2018 10.30am – 3pm
York Railway Station Wednesday 5 July 2018 3 – 8pm
Questionnaires are available online and at either of the exhibition venues.
You can also sign up for a number of walking workshops, organised with York Civic Trust, to explore the heritage of York Railway Station, as well as the proposed changes. These will take place on Wednesday 27 June and Saturday 30 June. For more details and to sign up, visit https://yorkstationtour.eventbrite.co.uk
Visit City of York Council’s Facebook or Twitter page and use #yorkstation to give us your feedback and views.
The project to transform the front of York Station will receive funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.