Streets, roads and pavements

Marygate Resurfacing Scheme

From Monday 5 September 2022, we are reconstructing and resurfacing the road and footpaths on Marygate. We expect to complete the works in mid-February 2023.

Currently there are significant defects in the surface of both the road and footpaths, making it uneven and unsafe for pedestrians and vehicles to use.

These works will include:

  • completely renewing the road and damaged footpaths
  • introducing a number of formal uncontrolled pedestrian crossings
  • removing and replacing any damaged York stone flags, kerbs and concrete pavers

To help minimise disruption and complete the works as quickly as possible, work will typically be carried out between Monday to Friday only, and will not work past 11.00pm. The work will be carried out by Lane Rentals on behalf of the council.

We’ll be pausing the scheme between 19 November 2022 and resuming on 9 January 2023, as is normal practice in the city centre during the Christmas period.

We will also be undertaking archaeological watching briefs as part of the works and are working closely with our conservation officers as the road and footway are in close proximity of our city walls.

We would like to apologise for any disruption that the works cause, but restrictions are in place to keep residents and visitors safe.

If anyone has any issues during the working hours, speak to the staff on site and we’ll try to correct any issues straight away if we can.


Location of Marygate resurfacing works


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Purpose of the works

Over the years the road and footpath surface has become damaged or worn but we are now investing around £475,000 to reconstruct and repave:

  • Marygate and Marygate Lane
  • Frederic Street
  • Hetherton Street
  • Esplanade Court

This includes new surface and concrete foundations. The new surface will better withstand vehicle use.

We will also be introducing a number of formal uncontrolled pedestrian crossings.


Impact on traffic and parking

Before the works start, we will install signage along the route explaining what we are doing, and will place ‘open as usual messages’ clearly in the area.

Traffic marshalls will be on site between 7.00am and 5.00pm seven days a week to assist.

The works will be carried out in phases so that residential parking will be available throughout the works, but sections of road will be closed off at certain times.;

Throughout the works (not including during full road closures), resident disabled parking will remain on Marygate.

There are no planned full road closures in 2022.

Road closures in 2023

A full road closure will be required for up to eight days between 9 and 18 January 2023 and again on 20 January 2023 (to tarmac the road).

During this time, you will not be able to park any vehicle on Marygate due to restricted access.

Residents and businesses will be permitted to park in Marygate car park, free of charge, when the road is closed. The car park will be closed to other visitors during this time.

Disabled parking bays will also be available in Marygate car park during the full road closures.

During the closures access will be available for residents and businesses only, during the hours before 9.30am and after 3.30pm.


Impact on pedestrians

Access will be available for pedestrians at all times but a section of footpath on each side will be restricted.

Access to Museum Gardens will be maintained at all times, and we will install 'Open as usual messages' in the area.

Pedestrian routes and access to all businesses and properties will be retained throughout the duration of the works. If you have any issues, please speak to the staff on site so they can be resolved as soon as possible.


Impact on buses

It is anticipated that buses will continue to operate as normal, however there will be delays when travelling through the junction. See the iTravelYork website for more information.


Impact on local businesses

Access to all properties and businesses will be retained at all times.


Also see

Marygate Resurfacing Scheme

Transport Office, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 553082