Planning Application Put In To Return York Wheel By May
8:44am 24th January 2014
(Updated 12:23pm 24th January 2014)
A planning application has been put in which could see the York Wheel return to the National Railway Museum.
If the application is successful, the wheel would be located in a new site in the visitor car park on the South side of Leeman Road. It is hoped that the wheel could be in place by Summer 2014. Freij Wheels told Minster FM that any new application would see the wheel with a permanent home for at least three years.
The wheel left the city in September last year and is now running in Manchester city centre, so Freij Wheels say a brand new wheel would be brought to York. Talks are currently taking place with the National Railway Museum and York Council to bring it back to the NRM where it was originally based between 2006-08 before moving to the Royal York Hotel where it was dismantled in autumn last year.
Jim Lowe from the National Railway Museum commented:
“The Yorkshire Wheel was overwhelmingly successful during its time at the National Railway Museum between April 2006 and November 2008, attracting over 900,000 new and repeat visitors from across the country. The new location will provide riders with equally stunning panoramic views over our site, York’s historic station, the surrounding rail network and wider countryside.”
John Lowery from Freij International Ltd said:
“The Yorkshire Wheel has had many successful years in York. We hope that we can continue the fantastic partnership we have with the National Railway Museum by bringing it back to a new location at the popular attraction. We are sure it will continue to offer a welcome additional reason to visit the award-winning museum.”
Kate McMullen, Head of Visit York, added:
“The Wheel offers residents and visitors the chance to see York from a different viewpoint and also brings a new dimension to the cityscape. We’re confident it would prove to be a popular draw for new visitors in 2014 and beyond, generating important economic benefits for York as well as driving visits to other attractions, hotels, shops and restaurants.”
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