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Drivers Face More Restrictions in York City Centre Plans


2:16pm 24th January 2014

Drivers face more restrictions as part of the next stage of the project which also brought in the Lendal Bridge trial.

Every home in the city will be sent a leaflet this coming week outlining the new plans for St Leonard's Place, Fossgate and the junction of Duncombe Place and Blake Street.

If the plans are approved work would begin later this year. The details of the plans are below:


The road would be raised in a speed bump at the junction while the road would be narrowed as the pavements are widened to make room for cycle stands, flower boxes and disabled parking spaces.The new pavements would be made out of Yorkstone paving materials while granite tactile pacing would be used at pedestrian crossings.

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FOSSGATE - £325,000

Cars would be banned from Fossgate during the day in a similar way to Deangate by the Minster and Stonegate. The road would be narrowed to make way for benches and cycle stands. Then the road will either be narrowed for more benches or the existing road hump would be kept.

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Part of the bus lane would be narrowed to widen the pavement. It would leave only a single lane for buses and one stop for tour buses. The two bus shelters would be replaced with one new shelter. The council says it would like to keep or re-use the existing Yorkstone slabs.

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Views are now being taken on the plans until the 21st February and a series of events are being held for people to share their opinions.

  • Saturday 25 January, 10am - 4pm on St Sampson’s Square (in the council’s exhibition unit)
  • Monday 3 February, at the Guildhall Resident Forum at the Friends Meeting House in Friargate on 6pm - 8pm
  • Wednesday 5 February, 10am - 4pm in City of York Council’s West Offices on Station Rise
  • Tuesday 11 February, 10am - 4pm on St Sampson’s Square (in the council’s exhibition unit)

Sir Ron Cooke, chair of Reinvigorate York, said: “The quality of York’s inner city public spaces are fundamental to sustaining the city’s present and future prosperity, and it is important to most people who live, work, visit and invest here. But spaces in the city centre are looking tired and shabby in places, and need urgent attention. We’re already making significant changes and the council’s initiative provides a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the core area, and I am pleased to help in achieving this very laudable aim.”

Councillor Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Sustainability and Transport at City of York Council, said: “Reinvigorate York is providing a lasting legacy, improving public spaces, reducing the impact of traffic and supporting city centre retailers. We encourage everyone to let us know their thoughts during the consultation to enable us to feed this into the final proposals. These proposals are part of a continuing range of initiatives to improve the city centre such as the ongoing King’s Square revamp and Lendal Bridge traffic trial, which aim to achieve a more confident vision for the economic future success of our city centre.”

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