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Executive – York Railway Station Gateway proposals to be considered

Published Friday, 20 November 2020

City of York Council’s Executive are set to discuss plans to modernise and vastly improve York’s Railway Station when they meet on Thursday 26 November.

The report asks the Executive to approve the project scope, budget, delivery and procurement strategy of the scheme. They will also be asked to increase the Station Gateway budget by £12.250m, in order to reflect the WYCA Transforming Cities grant funding that the Council has received to progress the scheme.

The York Station regeneration project will change and improve the entrance to the railway station, in order 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

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:

I am delighted to see the York Station front project coming to fruition, particularly following our extensive consultation with local residents, businesses and visitors, who have helped shape proposals.

I would like to thank everyone who has got involved with the consultation and I’m pleased that we are now at the next step of the project, with Executive set to consider the latest proposals.”

“The station front upgrade will not only provide a much needed modernisation of the station and surrounding area, creating a fitting gateway to our beautiful city, but it is also an integral part of the wider York Central scheme, which will look to drive clean and inclusive growth in the city for generations to come.”

Deputy Leader of City of York Council, and Executive Member for Transport, Cllr Andy D’Agorne, said:

York station has welcomed visitors and business to the city since 1877, whilst undergoing several redesigns to ensure it is fit for purpose. This regeneration scheme will ensure it is fit for purpose for people entering our wonderful city.

“We have worked hard with our partners, and following feedback from residents, business and visitors, to develop what we think is the right scheme for the city. The revised scheme aims to protect our heritage, boost the economy and encourage sustainable and active travel to and from the station.”

The scheme complements and connects the proposals being progressed to the west and east of the station and will transform the Station Gateway to York; significantly improving access, addressing carbon and air quality issues, and directly supporting delivery of housing and commercial uses on the York Central site.

The scheme is part funded through the West Yorkshire-Plus Transport Fund. As this scheme is directly linked to the York Central Access scheme for the purposes of this funding and governance, a change request has been submitted to WYCA to separate the two schemes and funding has been agreed to place orders with statutory utilities and to progress land acquisition negotiations.

This project has received funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of Government investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

The Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund is a £317 million funded investment from the Transforming Cities Fund to improve people’s access to public transport, cycling and walking across Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York, which will provide an accessible, affordable and attractive alternative to the car.

The Executive meeting takes place on Thursday 26 November at 5.30pm and can be watched at www.york.gov.uk/webcasts

To view the agenda papers visit https://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=12407&Ver=4