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Give your views on Fossgate improvement plans

Tuesday 18th September 2018

Leisure and Shopping, Visiting York

The council is asking for your views on plans to improve one of the city’s best loved streets.

Fossgate is set for a £500,000 investment, and the council wants your views on measures to enhance and attract more visitors to the vibrant, distinct street in the heart of York. 
Earlier this year, the council changed the direction of traffic along Fossgate, significantly reducing the amount of through-traffic along the street. 
Now the council is engaging businesses, residents and the wider city to refine the plans which include:

  • Relaying the road surface and repaving the Yorkstone paths, replacing any tired or broken parts.
  • Creating more attractive junctions at both ends of Fossgate, and widening the narrow footpaths at the Pavement end.
  • Introducing new wider ‘built-out’ sections and street furniture like bike stands, benches and possibly trees.
  • Introducing new ‘speed tables’ and crossing points.

Councillor Peter Dew, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “Fossgate is a real gem in the heart of York, with its variety of largely independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs proving popular with residents and tourists alike. We’re working with traders and residents to make Fossgate even better; giving the street a badly-needed makeover while making it a more accessible place for even more people to enjoy. 

“Central to the plans are making it more pedestrian friendly, and improving connections to the existing city centre and well as future developments.  I hope everyone who knows it well will give us their views, and that some of you who have never visited will be intrigued enough to see what all the fuss is about.”
Councillor Keith Aspden, Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said: “Fossgate’s businesses have built something really special. This investment will support them to reach new heights, and give residents and visitors even more reason to spend time in the heart of York.

“With Hungate taking shape and the transformation of Castle Gateway set to take place over the next few years, Fossgate will be at the centre of an exciting regeneration of this part of our city centre.”
You can view the proposals and have your say online at, in the foyer of West Offices, Station Rise, YO1 6GA, or at a drop-in session from 1pm-5pm Ambiente Tapas Bar, Fossgate on Monday 24th September and Wednesday 3rd October. While the drop-in will be based upstairs, the information and officers can come downstairs to anyone unable to use the stairs. 
The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 14th October.