Revised plans have been submitted to improve York Station Front with the removal of Queen Street Bridge and a reorganisation of the transport interchange in front of the station.
Following comments raised throughout the 2019 Station front planning process, revised plans to transform York Station Front have been submitted for consultation. This will see an addendum added to modify several areas of the original planning application, following further consultation with partners, residents and station users.
The key changes to the scheme include:
A redesigned multi-storey car park. After consulting with English Heritage, plans for the car park have been revised to better respect the heritage of the railway and York RI. This will also move all the station parking into one area making it better visually.
The layout of parcel square has been redesigned so it is more in keeping with station heritage, and in conversation with existing parcel square tenants to give them a prime location in the remodelled station.
Five on-street parking spaces removed from Queen Street to allow a safer cycle route to promote active travel, whilst reducing congestion around the station.
A lot more detail including an interesting historical analysis of the station site can be read by clicking here
Plans that will see the front of York Railway Station transformed with the removal of Queen Street Bridge and reorganising the layout leading into the station are now available to comment on using the planning portal.
The plans were submitted last month following an extensive public consultation in summer 2018 which saw over 1,500 people share their feedback on the scheme. People now have the opportunity to comment on the submission atwww.york.gov.uk/planning (ref no19/00535/FULM and 19/00542/LBC). Following this it is expected to go before the planning committee in summer.
Following feedback from the public consultation designers altered the master plan to take into account the comments.
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 the front of York Station will receive funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – 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.
Councillors will receive an update on the York Station front projectand be asked to approve the submission of a planning application and the progression of the scheme to detailed design when they meet on Thursday 29 November.
The York Station front project aims to revitalise and re-imagine the historic station to ensure it is a fitting and prestigious gateway into York.
The project has had significant public interest, with nearly 1,500 responses during the extensive public consultation. This has lead to design changes for Executive to now consider. Permission to enter into land acquisition negotiations with stakeholders and landowners is also requested.
York Station consultation leaflet
The York Station front masterplan has four main aims:
create new public spaces and a more inclusive, pedestrian-friendly experience
create an improved setting for the City Walls and other heritage buildings in the area
make it easier to change between modes of transport
keep vehicles and pedestrians apart
If approved, it is proposed that the planning application based on the amended masterplan will be submitted soon after.
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
Provision for a suitable system for managing rail replacement buses
Incorporating appropriate counter-terrorism measures that are sympathetic to the station setting
The station masterplan is based on eight key features which work together to improve how the space is used in front of York Station. It is dependent 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.
Executive takes place on Thursday 29 November from 5.30pm and is open to members of the public or is available to watch live online
Unanswered questions about cost and sources of funding
The Council has published consultation plans which could dramatically change the area around the entrance to York railway station. The idea revolves around demolishing the Queen Street bridge.
Although the basic plans have been around for more than a decade the Council has now committed to implementation before 2022.
It will however be a very expensive project to implement (demolition of the Queen Street Bridge alone will cost over £7 million) and the consultation papers are largely opaque on costs and sources of funding. Until more financial details emerge, the plans will simply be the latest is a series of artists impressions.
No journey time impact figures are provided.
Still the basic principle of separating pedestrian movements from traffic has to be right while the removal of cars from the portico and Tea Room Square will be welcomed by many. Replacement car parking is promised on the west of the station.
Bus stops will remain “on street” but are rationalised over a longer distance.
Full details, including an explanatory video, can be found by clicking here.