We've introduced security measures to provide extra protection in York city centre, 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 following advice from police and anti-terrorism services.
Bollards control access to the following streets during footstreet hours:
- Parliament Street
- St Sampson’s Square
- High Ousegate
- Coney Street
- Finkle Street
- Church Street
City centre access for those with mobility issues
To ensure continued access to the city centre for those with mobility issues, we will:
- provide parking on the streets next to the restricted area
- ensure access to St Sampson’s Square for Dial & Ride services
- provide Blue Badge parking on the traffic-restricted section of Piccadilly
- use the Piccadilly taxi rank for blue badge parking during the day, from 10.00am to 6.00pm
- support and promote alternative services like Shopmobility and Dial & Ride
Footstreets access for Blue Badge holders
We've undertaken a review of York’s pedestrianised area to ensure that residents and visitors can safely access the footstreets during the economic recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19), as the city centre becomes busier.
This review considered advice provided by the government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safer Public Places – Urban Centres and Green Spaces.
Based on this review, our Executive Economic Recovery Group approved the extension of the pedestrianised footstreets to include the following:
- Blake Street
- Church Street
- Goodramgate (between Deangate and King’s Square)
- King’s Square
- St Helen’s Square
These changes include the removal of the Blue Badge parking exemption which enabled Blue Badge holders to drive into parts of the footstreets between 10.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Sunday (footstreet hours).
This decision aims to:
- create additional space for pedestrians to adhere to social distancing guidelines
- allow queues for businesses that need to manage the numbers of people within their premises
- provide opportunities for businesses to be able to expand out in to the highway and public spaces
Barriers and signs will be in place every day between 10.30am and 5.00pm on Blake Street and Goodramgate, staffed with marshals, who will enable access for emergency and other authorised vehicles, such as Dial a Ride.
Taxi drop off and collection points have been made between 27 Fossgate and Merchantgate to support those with mobility issues accessing the street.
City centre Blue Badge parking
Parking for Blue Badge holders will be available at the following locations:
- all council car parks, in any bay, free of charge with no time limit
- disabled bay spaces in all council car parks, free of charge with no time limit
- any residents' priority parking scheme zones, free of charge with no time limit
- on double and single yellow lines where loading restrictions aren’t in place, where it is safe to do so and not causing an obstruction, free of charge, for up to 3 hours
Get more information about city centre disabled access and facilities.
City centre access 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.
City centre access for residents
If you are a resident living in the city centre footstreets area, you should 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 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.