Temporary security measures are currently in place to provide extra protection in York, as part of our commitment to keeping residents and visitors safe.

We've reviewed all of York's city centre access points and introduced new vehicle restrictions - from 5 November 2018, the first phase of changes includes:

  • bollards at the junction of Church Street and St Sampson’s Square, meaning no vehicle access to St Sampson's Square during Pedestrian Zone footstreets hours (an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order ('ETRO') allows us to trial this restriction for up to 18 months; if successful, we could make the arrangements permanent after 6 months)
  • bollards at the northern end of Coney Street (next to York Mansion House) to enforce existing vehicle access restrictions to the area during during Pedestrian Zone footstreets hours

Map of city centre vehicle access changes

See the location of bollards related to Phase 1 of our city centre safety improvements:


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City centre access for visitors, businesses and residents

Disabled access to York city centre

Blue Badge holders cannot access St Sampson’s Square during Pedestrian Zone footstreets hours. Alternative Blue Badge parking is available on Blake Street, Lendal, Deangate or Goodramgate. Access to St Sampson’s Square is available to Blue Badge holders outside of footstreets hours. No other changes to current access restrictions for Blue Badge holders are proposed as part of the 'ETRO'.

Get more information about city centre disabled access and facilities.

Access to York city centre for businesses and deliveries

City centre business owners must ensure deliveries are complete and all delivery vehicles are outside the footstreets area before 10.30am, and that delivery vehicles do not arrive until after 5.00pm each day, to avoid congestion on the roads around the city centre. Any vehicles remaining in the Pedestrian Zone during footstreets hours could be delayed significantly due to restrictions.

Extension of footstreet hours until 24 December

We have extended footstreet hours during St Nicholas Fayre

Footstreet access for residents, businesses and deliveries is available at the following times:

  • Sunday to Wednesday: from 10.30am to 6.00pm
  • Thursday to Saturday: from 10.30am to 8.00pm

Vehicle access to York city centre for residents

The 'ETRO' changes to city centre access do not affect advice already given to residents living in the city centre footstreets area; you should continue to keep your vehicle outside the area if you need to make journeys during footstreets hours.

Exceptions to access restrictions

There are a limited number of exceptions to the 'ETRO' for exceptional circumstances, including access for:

  • emergency services
  • emergency utility works
  • security deliveries
  • Dial & Ride vehicles

These will be subject to our control during footstreets hours and will be subject to further review.

Measuring the impact of city centre access changes

We've surveyed and talked to many people likely to be affected by changes to city centre access, before introducing new restrictions. However, during the first 6 months of the 'ETRO', we'll observe its impact and continue to gather comments on how we can:

  • ensure everyone can continue to visit and enjoy our city centre
  • ensure our city centre remains accessible to all

We'll also look at additional facilities, including the number and position of disabled parking bays.

Comment on the facilities and the impact the new restrictions have on you by:

  • emailing: citycentreaccess@york.gov.uk
  • writing to: City Centre Access Consultation, c/o Parking Services, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Note: This consultation is not about the introduction of the security measures which have been agreed by our Executive, and have to happen. We want to make sure we understand the impact on you, and what we can do to lessen it.

As this is a consultation, we won't be able to respond to comments, but we'll summarise your comments and include them in a report for Councillors to consider suitable mitigating facilities.

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