Revised plans for multi-million pound city gateway

Revised proposals have been submitted to improve York Station Front with the removal of Queen Street Bridge and a reorganisation of the transport interchange in front of the station.

Following comments raised throughout the 2019 Station front planning process, the revised plans have been submitted for consultation.

This will see an addendum added to modify several areas of the original planning application, following further consultation with partners, residents and station users.

The key changes to the scheme include:

  • A redesigned multi-storey car park. After consulting with English Heritage, plans for the car park have been revised to better respect the heritage of the railway. This will also move all the station parking into one area making it better visually
  • The layout of parcel square has been redesigned so it is more in keeping with station heritage, and in conversation with existing parcel square tenants to give them a prime location in the remodelled station
  • Five on-street parking spaces removed from Queen Street to allow a safer cycle route to promote active travel, whilst reducing congestion around the station

Councillor Keith Aspden, leader of City of York Council, said: “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.

“York station has welcomed visitors and business to the city since 1877, whilst undergoing several redesigns to ensure it is fit for purpose.

“Over the coming years, the station is set to play a key role in the development of York Central, one of the largest city-centre regenerations in Europe.

“This new design and layout will ensure it is a fitting gateway to our fantastic city.”

Deputy leader of City of York Council, and executive member for transport, Cllr Andy D’Agorne, said: “York station is set to play a big role in the city’s future and we have worked hard with our partners to develop the right scheme for the city.

“We feel this refined scheme will protect our heritage, boost the economy and encourage sustainable and active travel to and from the station.”

The project has received funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1bn package of Government investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.