Following advice from police and anti-terrorism services we've reviewed the access points to York's city centre and introduced security measures which provide extra protection, as part of our commitment to keeping residents and visitors safe.
Vehicle restrictions are in place, including bollard controlled access to the following streets during footstreet* hours:
- Parliament Street
- St Sampson’s Square
- High Ousegate
- Coney Street
- Finkle Street
- Church Street
* Please check footstreet arrangements, which may be subject to change owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
City centre access and parking for those with mobility issues
To ensure continued access to the city centre for those with mobility issues while vehicle restrictions are in place, and during York's economic recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19), as the city centre becomes busier:
- in all council car parks any bay (including disabled bays) is free of charge, with no time limit for blue badge holders
- an additional 10 disabled parking bays are available at Monk Bar car park, off Lord Mayor’s Walk, and 4 disabled parking bays are available at Bootham Row
- using on-street 'pay and display' bays, is free of charge with no time limit (the 3 hour limit applies if parking restrictions apply during the day)
- any residents' priority parking scheme zones, are free of charge with no time limit
- parking 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, is free of charge, for up to 3 hours
- access to St Sampson’s Square for Dial & Ride services is available
- the use of Piccadilly taxi rank for blue badge parking during the day, from 10.00am to 6.00pm is allowed
- we're promoting services like Shopmobility (located at Coppergate Centre car park) and Dial & Ride
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 8.00pm (5.00pm during lockdown and stay at home stages) 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.