Final reminder to have your say on station plans
York residents have just a couple more days to have their say about plans to transform the front of York Railway Station into a ‘fitting gateway to the city’.
The consultation over the proposals, which would see the redundant Queen Street Bridge removed to create the space for the changes, is open until midnight on Monday 9th July.
The proposals 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, LNER 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’s web pages, which contain full details of the proposals including a 3D virtual tour, have been viewed nearly 10,000 times. Hundreds more have engaged and commented across social media, at events and through the questionnaires available online, at the station and the council’s West Offices.
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! Thanks to the thousands of people who have engaged with this so far. It has been a really encouraging response, and it is very important that anyone who wants to add their voice does so before the deadline.”
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 9th July to have your say on the plans. You can 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.
Questionnaires are available online and at either of the exhibition venues.