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Anti-terrorist bollards installed at York Station
ANTI-TERRORISM bollards have been installed at York Station without public consultation to protect it from possible attack.
The bollards have been put in place following a national security review into the 2007 attack at Glasgow Airport, when a burning car carrying gas canisters and petrol was crashed into the main terminal building.
Bollards have been installed at the front of the station near the taxi rank, on the ramp leading from the long-stay car park towards platforms one and three and next to the York Tap pub.
A security gate is also being installed next to the York Tap, a spokesman for East Coast said.
Although planning permission was sought in the normal way, rail and council bosses said the public was not informed of the plans in advance of the decision being made and the work being done due to security concerns.
A Network Rail spokesman said the application had not been widely publicised as it was a “security critical job”.
He said: “We are doing this over the network and it’s about making it more safe and secure for everybody.”
A City of York Council spokesman said: “We can confirm that the anti-terrorist measures for York Railway Station were brought forward through the correct procedures for handling works required by the Department for Transport, acting on advice from the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure.”
A spokesman for East Coast said: “Additional bollards have been and are being installed as part of a wider security-led and Network Rail-managed project at various main line railway stations around the country, including York. The work follows a national security review following an incident in June 2007 when a burning Jeep car was driven at the main terminal building at Glasgow Airport.”
While the bollards were being installed at the station, contractors uncovered a small number of bones next to the York Tap and the entrance to the short stay carpark on June 19.
The scene was briefly turned into a crime scene whiles tests were carried out, before the remains were found to be animal bones.
Plans for automatic ticket barriers at York Station sparked widespread controversy in 2008/9, before being scrapped following huge public opposition to the scheme.
York Civic Trust director Peter Brown said: “The trust is aware that the station is a really important listed building, and therefore any interventions must be done with sensitivity and care. We look forward to assessing the scheme and making comments in due course.”