Historic tram shelter outside York railway station to be restored

The tram shelter as it was in the 1930s. Image courtesy of York’s City Archives https://cyc.sdp.sirsidynix.net.uk

The tram shelter as it was in the 1930s. Image courtesy of York’s City Archives https://cyc.sdp.sirsidynix.net.uk

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AN HISTORIC shelter in York will be restored with funding from the Department for Transport.

The shelter, outside York railway station, was used by passengers on York's electric tram services in 1909, which connected Acomb, Fulford, Haxby Road, South Bank, Hull Road and Dringhouses to the city centre.

The restoration of the half-timbered shelter is part of the Better Bus Area Fund (BBAF), using £20,000 of funds awarded to City of York Council by the DfT in 2012 for improving bus stops at the station, and will start this week.

The structure will be cleaned up, repainted and various fixtures and fittings such as lighting and guttering repaired and replaced. Display boards will also be put up in the shelter to give visitors a history of local transport in York while they wait for their bus.

Julian Ridge, Better Bus Area Fund programme manager at York council, said: “Even small parts of York’s heritage are important and we are glad to have the opportunity to renovate this structure.

"With about two million visitors arriving in York by rail each year, and a similar number of people catching buses from the station, the shelter is very visible and its renovation will contribute to a positive first impression for many visitors to York as they enter the city from the station”

Other improvements to bus stops at the station as part of the programme include real-time screens at all bus stops, replacing the glass in the canopy on the front of the station, cleaning and improving paving, replacing all bus stop flags and improving lighting at stops.

The funding will also go towards new, easier to read bus timetables, road resurfacing outside the station, and repainting all lines and markings, with work also expected at Rougier Street and Exhibition Square.

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9:45am Sat 24 May 14

Thecynic says...

How about improving the reliability of the bus service while you're at it?
How about improving the reliability of the bus service while you're at it? Thecynic
  • Score: 3

10:37am Sat 24 May 14

dctyke says...

What a great project, of interest to residents too. How about old photos on timetable boards at bus stops along the old tram routes.
What a great project, of interest to residents too. How about old photos on timetable boards at bus stops along the old tram routes. dctyke
  • Score: 12

11:16am Sat 24 May 14

yorkandproud says...

I remember a bus inspector always used to stand in the shelter right up to the 1980s, to help the public, and keep the buses on time. They do it all by computer now, and they can't run a bus service to save their lives.
I remember a bus inspector always used to stand in the shelter right up to the 1980s, to help the public, and keep the buses on time. They do it all by computer now, and they can't run a bus service to save their lives. yorkandproud
  • Score: -3

11:48am Sat 24 May 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Maybe they could find a few quid to put up metal anti pigeon netting in the Rougier Street stop and have the whole thing pressure jetted once a week?
Maybe they could find a few quid to put up metal anti pigeon netting in the Rougier Street stop and have the whole thing pressure jetted once a week? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 8

1:12pm Sat 24 May 14

turbosview says...

Thecynic wrote:
How about improving the reliability of the bus service while you're at it?
what about the restoring the tram service itself, a better green choice all round.
[quote][p][bold]Thecynic[/bold] wrote: How about improving the reliability of the bus service while you're at it?[/p][/quote]what about the restoring the tram service itself, a better green choice all round. turbosview
  • Score: 12

10:37pm Sat 24 May 14

eeoodares says...

Rusty Shackleford wrote:
I never go under that thing as it always smells of **** and is full of jakeys drinking white lightning and special brew whilst smoking fags and forever being 20p short of a bus fare.
Why Jakey, is that the same as a wine-o?
[quote][p][bold]Rusty Shackleford[/bold] wrote: I never go under that thing as it always smells of **** and is full of jakeys drinking white lightning and special brew whilst smoking fags and forever being 20p short of a bus fare.[/p][/quote]Why Jakey, is that the same as a wine-o? eeoodares
  • Score: -2

10:37pm Sat 24 May 14

Magicman! says...

I have always wondered what that little shelter was originally used for. It'd be nice if one day trams actually get to serve it once again, possibly going to this proposed Whinthorpe development.

I wonder if any of the old York tramcars are still in existence, lurking in the corner of a garden somewhere as a chicken hut?
I have always wondered what that little shelter was originally used for. It'd be nice if one day trams actually get to serve it once again, possibly going to this proposed Whinthorpe development. I wonder if any of the old York tramcars are still in existence, lurking in the corner of a garden somewhere as a chicken hut? Magicman!
  • Score: 3

11:44pm Sat 24 May 14

janice gray says...

What about a proper bus station? York is woefully lacking and as a large city, it must be the only one that does not have a designated station. I remember waiting on a windy rainy evening on Rougier Street for the London bus, 40'years ago, and nothing much has changed.
What about a proper bus station? York is woefully lacking and as a large city, it must be the only one that does not have a designated station. I remember waiting on a windy rainy evening on Rougier Street for the London bus, 40'years ago, and nothing much has changed. janice gray
  • Score: 0

2:57am Sun 25 May 14

York1900 says...

janice gray wrote:
What about a proper bus station? York is woefully lacking and as a large city, it must be the only one that does not have a designated station. I remember waiting on a windy rainy evening on Rougier Street for the London bus, 40'years ago, and nothing much has changed.
You can not have a bus station in York because it would mean taking some road space up that car drivers could not use and some car drivers in York do not give a fig about anyone else they think at they should be able the drive everywhere they want
[quote][p][bold]janice gray[/bold] wrote: What about a proper bus station? York is woefully lacking and as a large city, it must be the only one that does not have a designated station. I remember waiting on a windy rainy evening on Rougier Street for the London bus, 40'years ago, and nothing much has changed.[/p][/quote]You can not have a bus station in York because it would mean taking some road space up that car drivers could not use and some car drivers in York do not give a fig about anyone else they think at they should be able the drive everywhere they want York1900
  • Score: 40

9:51am Sun 25 May 14

tweedwarrior says...

yorkandproud wrote:
I remember a bus inspector always used to stand in the shelter right up to the 1980s, to help the public, and keep the buses on time. They do it all by computer now, and they can't run a bus service to save their lives.
CYC now employs two Bus Wardens to do exactly that. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll see them on their rounds. There was an article about them earlier in the year.
[quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: I remember a bus inspector always used to stand in the shelter right up to the 1980s, to help the public, and keep the buses on time. They do it all by computer now, and they can't run a bus service to save their lives.[/p][/quote]CYC now employs two Bus Wardens to do exactly that. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll see them on their rounds. There was an article about them earlier in the year. tweedwarrior
  • Score: 0

9:53am Sun 25 May 14

tweedwarrior says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Maybe they could find a few quid to put up metal anti pigeon netting in the Rougier Street stop and have the whole thing pressure jetted once a week?
There is another project to replace and improve that shelter. It was reported in the Press about 6 months ago I think.
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: Maybe they could find a few quid to put up metal anti pigeon netting in the Rougier Street stop and have the whole thing pressure jetted once a week?[/p][/quote]There is another project to replace and improve that shelter. It was reported in the Press about 6 months ago I think. tweedwarrior
  • Score: 3

11:29am Sun 25 May 14

Pinza-C55 says...

tweedwarrior wrote:
Pinza-C55 wrote:
Maybe they could find a few quid to put up metal anti pigeon netting in the Rougier Street stop and have the whole thing pressure jetted once a week?
There is another project to replace and improve that shelter. It was reported in the Press about 6 months ago I think.
Good, they should prioritise it. Better still, get rid of it altogether.
[quote][p][bold]tweedwarrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: Maybe they could find a few quid to put up metal anti pigeon netting in the Rougier Street stop and have the whole thing pressure jetted once a week?[/p][/quote]There is another project to replace and improve that shelter. It was reported in the Press about 6 months ago I think.[/p][/quote]Good, they should prioritise it. Better still, get rid of it altogether. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -1

3:10pm Sun 25 May 14

york_chap says...

Rusty Shackleford wrote:
I never go under that thing as it always smells of **** and is full of jakeys drinking white lightning and special brew whilst smoking fags and forever being 20p short of a bus fare.
Sums it up perfectly. It's certainly more of a TRAMP shelter than a TRAM shelter these days. I think the missing P is all over the floor inside it, judging by the smell.
[quote][p][bold]Rusty Shackleford[/bold] wrote: I never go under that thing as it always smells of **** and is full of jakeys drinking white lightning and special brew whilst smoking fags and forever being 20p short of a bus fare.[/p][/quote]Sums it up perfectly. It's certainly more of a TRAMP shelter than a TRAM shelter these days. I think the missing P is all over the floor inside it, judging by the smell. york_chap
  • Score: 3

6:53am Mon 26 May 14

Bad Tackerler says...

turbosview wrote:
Thecynic wrote:
How about improving the reliability of the bus service while you're at it?
what about the restoring the tram service itself, a better green choice all round.
ban all cars from inside the city walls and put the trams in their place !
[quote][p][bold]turbosview[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thecynic[/bold] wrote: How about improving the reliability of the bus service while you're at it?[/p][/quote]what about the restoring the tram service itself, a better green choice all round.[/p][/quote]ban all cars from inside the city walls and put the trams in their place ! Bad Tackerler
  • Score: 2

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