Work has begun on a major redevelopment project in York – and residents are invited to a drop-in event to find out more.
The £25 million York Station Gateway scheme aims to improve access to the station and create new public squares.
From today (Monday), contractors John Sisk & Son have moved into the station’s long stay car park.
Over the next couple of weeks, Sisk will instal fencing and relocate automatic number plate recognition barriers.
The main work begins on Monday 16 October. That is when the slip road off Queen Street leading to the York Railway Institute gym will shut for six weeks.
That is to enable Sisk to demolish the footbridge to the York RI building.
Businesses, including the York RI, will remain open throughout and accessible via a diversion through the LNER station long stay car park entrance.
Later in 2023, there will be further work to construct part of the new road, prepare for the demolition of Queen Street bridge and create a diversion route. In 2024, this will include a number of weekend road closures.
Before the work starts, residents and businesses are invited to a drop-in event to find out more about the project.
It takes place on Thursday 12 October between 4pm and 6pm at York RI gym.
Deputy leader of City of York Council Pete Kilbane said:
This is another step forward for the project which will create a fitting gateway to our historic railway station.
The project will deliver significant transport improvements as well as welcoming public spaces that will bring major economic and social benefits, alongside the development of York Central.
We are working closely with our partners to keep people informed and also to minimise disruption.
Kevin Wilcock, project manager for John Sisk & Son, said:
We are working with local residents to minimise disruption to locals, businesses, and the travelling public. Our team look forward to discussing more about the project with the local community during our first drop-in session.