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Improvement plans for York Station
PASSENGERS waiting for trains in York could soon have better facilities on the platform, thanks to improvements planned for the city’s station.
East Coast Main Line, which runs York Station, wants to install four new waiting rooms complete with automatic doors, space for vending machines, tables and better seating, as well as more space for wheelchairs and buggies.
A planning application has been submitted to City of York Council. If the proposals at the listed building are approved, the existing shelters for passengers on platforms 1/3, 5/6 and 10/11 will be removed. Platform 4 will also get a waiting room, which it currently lacks.
In a statement to planners, the applicants said: “All the existing waiting rooms are provided with seating and heating, but they are now considered inadequate.
“Once the proposed works are complete, the appearance of the station will have altered only in that the existing shelters will have been replaced with a solution designed to enhance waiting facilities at the site. The building’s form and architecture will not alter.”
East Coast said the new shelters were important for its aim of improving facilities for passengers at the 136-year-old station, as it was often “a visitor’s first introduction to York”. The statement said: “By upgrading the existing station to create a safer and more comfortable environment, the wider community benefits from the enhancement of railway facilities.”
The council’s draft Local Plan has said York Station, owned by Network Rail and operated by East Coast Main Line, will need a major upgrade and greater capacity in the coming years to cope with the demands of new rail schemes and an expected increase in passenger numbers.
The number of people travelling to the city is forecast to rise by 41 per cent between 2009 and 2021, with the planning blueprint having said the station’s listed status must be respected but this should not prevent schemes which are “sympathetic” being considered, while bus stops outside the building have to be improved. This could ultimately include a bus interchange at Queen Street.
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