Public events confirmed for York Central access options

Numerous public events will be held throughout late August and early September to outline the access options for the proposed York Central brownfield urban redevelopment area west of the city’s railway station.

The events, organised by York Central Partnership, will allow people to comment on the potential vehicle access routes, with the community views helping inform the Partnership’s final decision on the preferred access location.

York Central will involve the creation of new residential neighbourhoods, office space, leisure facilities, green space and public amenities, adding to the city’s rich culture and supporting its future economic growth.

But as a land-locked site that is surrounded by railway lines, road access is a crucial consideration.

Several options are being considered for the site and the events will allow those options to be outlined to the public, giving them an opportunity to feed back directly to the technical and design teams that work with York Central Partnership.

The partnership – made up of Network Rail, the Homes and Communities Agency, the National Railway Museum and City of York Council – is organising four separate events in York:

  • St Barnabas Church, Jubilee Terrace, Leeman Road

2:00pm – 5:00pm, Wednesday 23 August 2017

  • St Paul’s Church, Holgate Road

4:00pm – 8:00pm, Wednesday 30 August 2017

  • Marriot Room, Explore Library, Library Square, Museum Street

Noon – 4:00pm, Saturday 2 September 2017

  • Duchess of Hamilton Suite, National Railway Museum, Leeman Road

Noon – 4:00pm, Saturday 9 September 2017

In addition, the partnership will be holding a series of individual meetings with local community groups. The access plans will also be available online at www.yorkcentral.info from 23 August.

Catherine Birks, commercial project manager for York Central Partnership, said: “York Central is a hugely significant opportunity not just for the city but for the wider region and for the whole of the North.

“This is an area that has been restricted from public use for more than 150 years. Opening it up will deliver a wide range of cultural and economic benefits, while at the same time preserving York’s railway heritage.”

The preferred access route will form part of the York Central masterplan, which will undergo consultation later this year and will act as the development framework moving forward.

A separate consultation programme will be held around the masterplan, giving the York public a further opportunity to have a direct input into the development of the outline plans for York Central.