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York racegoers warned of changes to parking
9:07am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
RACEGOERS heading to York for the final event of this year’s racing calendar are being warned of changes to parking as a £5 million redevelopment scheme gets under way.
The revamp at York Racecourse will see facilities for horses, jockeys, trainers and visitors improved at the northern end of Knavesmire, with the project’s main contractor Lindum York now carrying out the first phase of work.
The course will stage its richest ever October finale meeting today and tomorrow. Racegoers who regularly use the car park for owners and trainers or the parking area designated as “A” have been advised the forward area of the car parks has been fenced off as a road to a new pathway and crossing point to the centre of the venue takes shape.
Shuttle bus services, pedestrian access and other car parks are unaffected, and the first stage of work is set to be completed in time for next year’s Dante Festival.
The overall northern end project will be completed in phases over a number of years. Most of the construction work will be done outside racing seasons. This winter’s developments will include the creation of a new, larger pre-parade ring with modern saddling boxes, veterinary and wash-down areas, scheduled to be ready for next May.
The plans are also designed to improve viewing for racegoers and provide better movement for visitors and horses throughout the course. The Moet Pavilion will be replaced by a new building including a roof terrace and bar looking towards the parade ring.
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