Planning and building

York Station Front

York Station Front planning application

A planning application has been submitted that will transform York Station Front with the removal of Queen Street Bridge and a reorganisation of the layout leading into the station.

Go to our Planning Portal to share your views on the planning application, using ref. 19/00535/FULM and 19/00542/LBC. You'll need to log in to the Portal to leave your comments.

Although the expiry dates for both planning refs have now passed, you can still submit comments if desired.

Since 1877, York Railway Station has helped to transform the city, connecting York to the wider world. Now the station and surrounding area are set to play a key role in the development of York Central, one of the largest city-centre regenerations in Europe.

We want to reorganise the awkward and confusing entrance to the railway station to:

  • keep vehicles and pedestrians apart
  • make it easier to change between modes of transport
  • create new public spaces and a more pedestrian-friendly experience
  • create an improved setting for the City Walls and other heritage buildings in the area
Artist's impression of the new York Station front.

Artist's impression of York Station Front

Proposals for York Station Front

The York Station Front master plan is based on 8 key features which work together to improve the use of space in front of York Station. It depends on removing Queen Street Bridge to create extra space, which would then be used to separate vehicle and pedestrian access, create new open areas and reveal long-hidden views of the City Walls.

Map of York Station Front proposals.

Map of York Station Front proposals

Find out more about the proposals for:

  1. Removing Queen Street Bridge
  2. Taxi ranks and drop off/pick up
  3. Bus stops
  4. Parking
  5. Pedestrian crossing
  6. Tea Room Square
  7. Station Square
  8. Cycle routes and parking

See ideas for transport links with York Station Front, including facilities for pedestrians, cyclists, buses, taxis and drop-offs and parking.

Information is also available about the heritage of the York Station Front area, and the delivery of this phase of works amongst the wider master plan for this part of York.

Explore the proposals for York Station Front

See the virtual tour to explore proposals for the York Station Front area:

Alternatively, watch this short video to see how the front of York Rail Station may look:

This project, together with the development of York Central, the new Scarborough Bridge project, and the Hudson House project, will:

  • help to provide better transport links in this area of York
  • prepare for higher passenger numbers in future decades
  • attract investment and jobs to the city

Your views on the front of York Station

We carried out a consultation about York Station Front from Monday 11 June to Monday 9 July 2018. Although the official consultation period has now closed, you can still visit our Facebook or Twitter page and use #yorkstation to join the conversation and give us your views.

During the consultation we asked you about:

  • the overall master plan
  • how you find arriving and leaving the station
  • how the master plan would affect your experience
  • what you'd like to do, or see happen, in the new public space at Tea Room Square

The consultation feedback has been collated and analysed, and design proposals updated to reflect your suggestions to shape the final master plan, and inform our planning applications.

We received nearly 1,500 responses to the consultation, including feedback from guided tours of the area, events, online surveys and social media.

Examples of changes to the master plan following the consultation include:

  • moving the cycleway on Queen Street to reduce conflict with on-street parking spaces
  • providing safe access for cyclists to the station from the west-bound carriageway
  • providing a suitable system for managing rail replacement buses
  • incorporating appropriate counter-terrorism measures sympathetic to the station setting

Partnership working to improve York Station Frontage

Different landowners and funding arrangements mean that plans for the area will be delivered in phases, each with appropriate partners, planning approval and timescales. We're working closely with Network Rail, London North Eastern Railway and Northern Powerhouse.

The project to transform York Station Front will receive funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal. This represents a £1 billion package of government investment through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

Network Rail logo. LNER logo. Northern Powerhouse logo. West Yorkshire Combined Authority logo. Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership logo.

Also see

York Station Front (Major Projects Team)

City of York Council, Transport Office, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA