Revised plans drawn up for £42m station gateway schemes

A multi-million pound project to transform the centres of Harrogate, Selby and Skipton is moving forward to a key stage.

Senior North Yorkshire councillors are due to consider further details of the £42m Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) projects, which will enhance access to transport hubs in all three towns.

Revised proposals have been drawn up to reflect feedback from the public and local councillors. Work on the plans paves the way for submission of final business cases to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA).

Executive member for highways and transport, Councillor Keane Duncan, said: “We are now at a critical stage in the delivery of the three projects, which will be transformative for Harrogate, Selby and Skipton.

“Our revised proposals focus on core elements with the most public support. The plans are affordable, deliverable and are built on extensive cross-party engagement with councillors.

“We are being clear and realistic about what we can achieve now, and the measures we want to deliver in further stages.

“This is positive progress that puts us in the best possible position to deliver this landmark package of investment while avoiding potential delays and navigating budget constraints.

“It means we are ready to submit final business cases for the Selby and Skipton schemes next month, and for Harrogate as soon as is possible.”

Funding options to deliver subsequent phases of the schemes are being identified.

In Selby, it is proposed to focus on improving pedestrian and cycling access along Station Road and Ousegate, the new station access and car park to the east, along with improvements to the station building and the new plaza entrance into Selby Park.

Other elements, including an underpass connection to Portholme Road, junction alterations at The Crescent and wider landscaping plans for Selby Park, would be brought forward as subsequent phases.

In Skipton, it is proposed to deliver the canal path connection from the railway station to the cattle mart and college, and the walking route to the bus station, including Black Walk and a replacement Gallows Bridge.

Improvements to the railway station car park would be brought forward at a later date.

In Harrogate, the proposed scheme focuses on elements which gathered the most public support. This includes high-quality public realm improvements to Station Square and One Arch, better access into the bus station and enhanced co-ordination of traffic signals.

The possibility of a southbound segregated cycle lane on Station Parade, while retaining two lanes for motorised traffic, is also being explored. Wider cycling infrastructure improvements would be delivered under further stages of investment.