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, our Executive Economic Recovery Group approved the extension of the pedestrianised footstreets to include the following:
- Blake Street
- Church Street
- Goodramgate (between Deangate and King’s Square)
- King’s Square
- St Helen’s Square
Drivers will be advised not to drive into or park in these streets between 10.30am and 5.00pm.
These changes include the removal of the Blue Badge parking exemption which enabled Blue Badge holders to drive into parts of the footstreets between 10.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Sunday (footstreet hours).
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 and signs will be in place every day between 10.30am and 5.00pm on Blake Street and Goodramgate, staffed with marshals, who will enable access for emergency and other authorised vehicles, such as Dial a Ride.
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, free of charge with no time limit
- disabled bay spaces in all council car parks, free of charge with no time limit
- 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 40 disabled parking bays have been made available at Monk Bar car park, off Lord Mayor’s Walk.
Footstreet area map
The footstreet area includes the following streets:
- Blake Street
- Church Street
- Coney Street
- Fossgate (pedestrian and cycle street)
- Goodramgate (between the junctions with Deangate and Low Petergate)
- High Petergate
- King's Square
- Little Stonegate
- Low Petergate
- Market Street
- Parliament Street
- St Helen's Square
The pedestrian zone footstreet hours are effective from 10.30am to 5.00pm, 7 days a week.
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
- motor vehicles are allowed into the street to access premises between 8.00am and 6.00pm, 7 days a week
- cyclists and drivers must proceed slowly and in a considerate manner as the space is shared with pedestrians
- 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.
Motor vehicles are not allowed within the pedestrian zone during footstreet hours.
Cycling is not permitted, except on Fossgate 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.