York has one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe.

Many areas within York city centre are designated as pedestrian footstreets, with restrictions to vehicle access between certain times of the day, or 24 hours a day in some areas.

Pedestrian footstreets create a safer and more attractive city centre and reduce inner city pollution.

Coronavirus recovery footstreets extension

We've undertaken a review of York’s pedestrianised area to ensure that residents and visitors can safely access the footstreets during the economic recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19), as the city centre becomes busier.

This review considered advice provided by the government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safer Public Places – Urban Centres and Green Spaces.

Based on this review, the decision was made to remove the exemption to allow blue badge vehicles access to certain streets within the footstreets, including Castlegate. Drivers are advised not to drive into or park in the footstreets between 10.30am and 8pm (5pm during lockdown or stay at home stages).

This decision aims to:

  • create additional space for pedestrians to adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • allow queues for businesses that need to manage the numbers of people within their premises
  • provide opportunities for businesses to be able to expand out in to the highway and public spaces

Barriers or bollards will be in place every day between 10.30am and 8pm on Blake Street, Goodramgate, and Castlegate, . Access for emergency and other authorised vehicles, such as Dial a Ride, is retained.

Vehicular access to addresses on Fossgate remains possible during footstreet hours, but this is managed by staff at the junction with Merchangate, to reduce traffic and enable pavement cafes to use the footway. Drop off and collection points (loading bays) have been provided between 27 Fossgate and Merchantgate to support those with mobility issues accessing the street, for addresses where off street parking is not available.

Have your say on these changes in our Blue Badge consultation.

City centre Blue Badge parking

Parking for Blue Badge holders will still be available at the following locations:

  • all council car parks, in any bay (including disabled bays), free of charge with no time limit
  • using on-street 'pay and display' bays, 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, free of charge with no time limit
  • 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, free of charge, for up to 3 hours

An additional 10 disabled parking bays have been made available at Monk Bar car park, off Lord Mayor’s Walk and 4 disabled parking bays at Bootham Row.

Coppergate Centre car park offers access to the Shopmobility service. Please check with Shopmobility for opening times on telephone 01904 679222, or email info@shopmobilityyork.org.uk.

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Pedestrian zone

The footstreet area includes the following streets:

  • Blake Street
  • Castlegate
  • Church Street
  • Colliergate
  • Coney Street
  • Davygate
  • Feasegate
  • Goodramgate (between the junctions with Deangate and Low Petergate)
  • High Petergate (pedestrian and 1-way cycle street)
  • King's Square
  • Lendal
  • Little Stonegate
  • Low Petergate
  • Market Street
  • Ousegate
  • Parliament Street
  • St Helen's Square
  • Swinegate

The pedestrian zone footstreet hours are effective from 10.30am to 5pm, 7 days a week. This has been extended to 8pm to support the Covid 19 recovery (except during lockdown and stay at home stages).

Deangate and Minster Yard

  • Deangate and Minster Yard are closed to motor vehicles at all times, but cycling is permitted
  • cyclists must proceed slowly and in a considerate manner as the space is shared with pedestrians

Fossgate pedestrian and cycle street (one way)

  • cyclists must proceed slowly and in a considerate manner as the space is shared with pedestrians
  • access only for loading in designated areas, businesses and residents managed by a staffed access point near Merchantgate
  • taxi drop off and collection points between 27 Fossgate and Merchantgate


  • Stonegate is closed to traffic at all times
  • loading is allowed between 5.00am and 10.30am
  • unlike other footstreets, there is no vehicle access to Stonegate after 5.00pm


  • Shambles is closed to traffic at all times
  • loading is allowed before 10.30am and after 5.00pm

Both Stonegate and Shambles are protected by bollards when vehicles are not allowed - vehicles cannot gain access without authorisation or prior arrangement.

Vehicle access

Motor vehicles are not allowed within the pedestrian zone during footstreet hours.

Cycling is not permitted, except on Fossgate (one way), High Petergate (one way), and Minster Yard.

Access for emergency vehicles is not restricted.

City centre disabled access

Our city centre access for vehicles restrictions improve the safety and security of businesses, residents and visitors.

See the city centre disabled access page for information on getting around the city centre.

Also see

Waste, Highways and Environmental Services

Telephone: 01904 551551