York Central has to reflect York’s heritage and feel a part of the city. Here’s a detailed zoom-ins of the local character areas as you travel through the site from Water End towards the city.
In historic cities like York, conservation planners define character areas which trace history’s imprint and outline how it has influenced the world we live in today. It is a vital tool for developers and planners to ensure that a location’s historical identity contributes to today’s quality of life. The Design Guide which accompanied the outline planning permission reflects how York Central will complement the 24 different character areas identified within York’s historic core. These pages show how those ambitions are reflected in the infrastructure proposals.
Water End junction
The proposals for the new western access into the site include a series of integrated improvements for pedestrians and cyclists as part of the new junction with Water End:
1. Shared foot and cycle path
2. Toucan crossing for cyclists and pedestrians
3. Proposals connect to existing cycle network
4. Dedicated footpath
5. Segregated 2-way cycle route
6. Dedicated footpath
Park Street serves as the main spine of York Central, with segregated pedestrian, cycle and vehicle routes running along its entire length. This street is designed as a safe and accessible focus of the development next to
the Great Park.
The street will benefit from a natural character which is pleasant for people walking and cycling into the city and around York Central. Park Street will feature generous areas of buffer planting and an avenue of street trees, along with frequent
pedestrian crossings. These areas of planting will be established as mature specimens from day one, giving immediate
landscape and environmental benefits.
Park Street has a designed speed limit of 20 miles per hour which is key to achieving safe and easy crossings.
The Foundry Quarter was originally used for the production of precast concrete rail features, including sleepers and fencing. The proposals will respond to this context in its materiality, with the use of precast concrete within the streetscape surfacing.
A small square is proposed adjacent to the NRM South Yard, which will allow public use and service access for the Museum. A key pedestrian/cycle link within the masterplan runs through this area from Leeman Road and then across the NRM’s South Yard. It will provide all-hours public access across the proposed museum rail connection, replacing the existing Leeman Road access between St Peter’s Quarter and Marble Arch.
Cinder Street connects Park Street through to Museum Square and Leeman Road Tunnel. This street will eventually be characterised by new commercial buildings and will serve as the main street constructed with high quality materials. This stretch of roadway will feature a dedicated bus lane to give bus priority for journeys towards the city centre. The design will include measures to reduce traffic speed and encourage safe use for multiple modes of transport.
Pedestrian crossing points have been strategically located to link Wilton Rise with the development plots in future phases.
Hudson Boulevard is the major pedestrian axis of the commercial area of the site, providing a cycleway and footpath link from Park Street to Museum Square. It will be designed to make a positive transition between these two areas using higher quality materials, a generous landscape strip and active frontages along future building plots.
Museum Square occupies a key location between the station, the NRM, Cinder Street and Hudson Boulevard.
1. Bus lane priority signals
2. New wide pedestrian crossing between the NRM Museum Square, Hudson Boulevard and the York Station West Entrance.
3. Two coach set-down bays for the NRM
4. Continuation of segregated 2-way cycle route through NRM forecourt
5. Retention of the Listed gateposts and access to the NRM forecourt
6. New pedestrian crossing between NRM, York Station West Entrance and Marble Arch
7. Area for NRM road train access and set-down
8. Maintenance / Network Rail access
Leeman Road tunnel and Marble Arch
In order to prioritise pedestrian and cycle connections between the site and the city, the Leeman Road Tunnel will be reduced to a single carriageway for vehicles with a one-way working system controlled by traffic signals. A dedicated segregated cycle route will be provide in the tunnel and a dedicated pedestrian route will use Marble Arch. This will be the primary route to the Site, from the east.