Footstreet hours extended for festive season

The footstreet hours are being extended over the festive season, from 14 November to 22 December, to make the city centre the safest it’s ever been.

The revised times are 10.00am to 8.00pm Thursday to Saturday, and 10.00am to 6.00pm Sunday to Wednesday.

There will also be a 3.5 tonne vehicle weight restriction on all vehicles turning from Low Ousegate into Spurriergate.

Whilst these security measures may cause some short term disruption, they are put in place to ensure York is a safe place to visit.

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
  • Spurriergate
  • Coney Street
  • Davygate
  • Finkle Street
  • Church Street
  • Jubbergate

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

Blue Badge holders cannot access St Sampson’s Square during Pedestrian Zone footstreets hours. Alternative Blue Badge parking is available onthe following streets:

  • Blake Street
  • Lendal
  • Deangate
  • Goodramgate

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.

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