Plans unveiled for ‘King’s Cross of the North’

Plans unveiled for ‘King’s Cross of the North’

Plans to turn York’s largest brownfield site into the ‘King’s Cross of the North’ have been unveiled today (7 Dec) by City of York Council.

Over the past year, the council has been working with Network Rail, the National Railway Museum (NRM) and the Homes and Communities Agency on the plans for York Central – a 72 hectare site located in the heart of the city.

The plans could provide up to 120,000 sq m of high-quality office space, creating up to 7,000 new jobs, a new residential community for up to 2,500 homes and opportunities to expand and enhance the National Railway Museum.

Improvements to the railway station could also include a new entrance to the west of the station, as well as the transformation of the existing eastern entrance and improvements to the way that buses, cars, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians use the space, potentially including the removal of Queen Street Bridge.

Cllr Chris Steward, leader of City of York Council, said: “The redevelopment of York Central represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver major growth in York.

“This will enable us to attract high value jobs, deliver new and much needed sustainable homes and create world-class public spaces which will help define the future for our city. We will also reduce the pressure to build on York’s Greenbelt.

“At City of York Council we are committed to work with Network Rail, the National Railway Museum and the HCA to bring forward development at York Central.

“We believe that by collaborating we will make the right decisions and develop solutions to overcome the various challenges.”

To properly connect York Central to the city centre and neighbouring communities, it is planned to create a new footcycle network, including a new bridge over the East Coast Mainline from within York Central.

With an additional new vehicular access bridge from Holgate Road also in place, options are also being considered for the potential to divert or close Leeman Road where it passes the NRM, to allow the Museum to expand and modernise.

York Central was recently identified as an Enterprise Zone by the government during its autumn statement, thanks to a joint bid by City of York Council and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP, which will potentially unlock over £100m to help deliver the York Central site.