Work can begin this Autumn to create a fitting gateway to York after planning committee approved plans to transform the railway station entrance.
The plans to modernise the arrival to the station include removing Queen Street bridge, which hasn’t been needed since trains stopped passing under it in the 1960s. Removing the bridge will create space for vastly improved access for all modes of transport while revealing hidden sections of the city’s historic walls.
The plans will change and improve the entrance to the railway station in order to:
• keep vehicles and pedestrians apart
• make it easier to change between modes of transport
• create new public spaces and a more pedestrian-friendly experience
• create an improved setting for the City Walls and other heritage buildings in the area
Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:
“I am delighted we’ve reached this milestone. The Railway Station shaped the York we know today, and will play just as significant a role in delivering the sustainable, connected city we need to be in the future. The challenges posed by the pandemic have reinforced the need for us to be on the front foot with our key regeneration schemes, including the station front and York Central.
“The station front upgrade will not only provide a much-needed modernisation of the station and surrounding area, but it is also an integral part of the wider York Central scheme, which will look to drive clean and inclusive growth in the city for generations to come.
“York station has welcomed visitors and business to the city since 1877. We’ve worked hard to develop a design which will transform the ‘Station Gateway’ arrival experience, enhance the setting of our city walls and encourage sustainable and active travel to and from the station, including the opening up a new route into the centre underneath the city walls.”
The scheme complements the proposals being progressed for the west side of the station significantly improving access and directly supporting delivery of housing and commercial uses on the York Central site.
This project has received funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of Government investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
The Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund is a £317 million funded investment from the Transforming Cities Fund to improve people’s access to public transport, cycling and walking across Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York, which will provide an accessible, affordable and attractive alternative to the car.