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
- Blake Street
Access to St Sampson’s Square is available to Blue Badge holders outside of footstreets 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.