Streets, roads and pavements

City centre access for vehicles

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.

Footstreet restrictions

Vehicle restrictions are in place, including bollard controlled 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 and parking for those with mobility issues

To ensure access to the city centre for those with mobility issues, where vehicle restrictions are in place, and during York's economic recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • parking 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; find out about Blue Badge parking in York.

City centre access for businesses and deliveries

To avoid congestion on the roads around the city centre, business owners must ensure deliveries are completed outside of footstreet hours.

Each day:

  • delivery vehicles must have left the footstreets area before 10.30am
  • delivery vehicles must not arrive until after 8.00pm 

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

Also see

Traffic Management Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551550