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Planning and building

York Station Gateway

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 are working on a plan to reorganise the congested and confusing arrival experience at the railway station by:

  • keeping vehicles and pedestrians apart
  • provide better access to the station for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users
  • 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
  • create a more welcoming gateway to York
Artist's impression of the new York Station front.

Artist's impression of York Station Front

Proposals for York Station Front

In 2021 planning permission was granted for the York Station Front masterplan which is based on 8 key features which work together to improve the use of space in front of York Station. The success of the project depends on removing Queen Street Bridge to create extra space, which would then be used to separate vehicle, pedestrian and cycle access. In addition creating new open areas and revealing the 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 masterplan for this part of York.

Explore the proposals for York Station Front

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

Project update

Enabling works to improve the arrival experience at York’s famous railway station have begun.

The full scheme, which is valued at over £25m, is funded by the West Yorkshire-Plus Transport Fund and the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund. Now initial works to divert the utilities from Queen St Bridge have started, later in the year a contractor will be appointed to carry out the main highway and public realm works including the removal of the bridge.

The council is working closely with project partners Network Rail, LNER, and West Yorkshire Combined Authority on this project.

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.

The consultation feedback was collated and analysed, and design proposals updated to reflect your suggestions to shape the final masterplan, 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 masterplan 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 Gateway (Major Projects Team)

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