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Planning application for front of York Station submitted

Plans that will see the front of York Railway Station transformed with the removal of Queen Street Bridge and reorganising the layout leading into the station have been submitted to the council's Planning department.

The planning application was submitted following an extensive public consultation in summer 2018 which saw over 1,500 people share their feedback on the scheme. Following this feedback designers altered the master plan to take into account the comments. This has lead to several changes, including:

  • moving the cycleway on Queen Street to reduce conflict with on street parking spaces
  • providing safe access for cyclists to the station from the west-bound carriageway
  • provision for a suitable system for managing rail replacement buses
  • incorporating appropriate counter-terrorism measures that are sympathetic to the station setting

Executive Member for Transport and Planning, Cllr Peter Dew, said: “York Station plays a key role in connecting the city to the wider region and country. Throughout the station’s lifetime it has seen several major upgrades, and this new masterplan is long overdue. This will bring the access up to modern standards and ensure that it is equipped for the expected three-fold increase in passenger numbers over the next 30 years and the introduction of York Central.”

Executive Member for the Environment, Cllr Andrew Waller, said: “The new master plan for the York Station front area will provide a greatly improved space for people using all modes of transport. One of the key aims of the plan is to make it substantially easier for both pedestrians and cyclists to move around the area. This has been addressed with the provision of a new, wider, crossing directly outside the station making the journey to and from the city centre much better.”

The planning application will be validated by the council’s planning team in the coming days. Following this, it will be available to view at www.york.gov.uk/planning

City of York Council is working closely with Network Rail, London North Eastern Railway and Northern Powerhouse to deliver the proposals. Different landowners and funding arrangements mean that plans for the area will be delivered in phases.

The project to transform the front of York Station will receive funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of Government investment through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

For more information about York Station front visit www.york.gov.uk/stationfront