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Proposal to demolish Queen Street bridge backed by tourism and transport chiefs
BUS and tourism chiefs have welcomed proposals to build York’s first bus interchange near the city railway station.
The Press reported yesterday that City of York Council officers have begun investigating the feasibility of demolishing Queen Street bridge, between the station and Micklegate Bar, and creating an interchange on the land below.
The authority’s transport boss, Coun Dave Merrett , stressed the proposal was at a very early stage, and might form part of a major bid for capital funding from a devolved transport fund which the Government is proposing to set up.
A spokesman for First, York’s biggest bus operator, said that although the idea was at an early stage, the firm would be a big supporter of any such plans to create a modern bus interchange.
“The creation of a transport ‘suberhub’ that links trains, buses and other forms of transport is an exciting prospect and one that would benefit York and the surrounding areas,” he said.
“Extensive research shows that visitors to any city want simple and easy accessible transport options when they arrive.
“To have a modern bus interchange just yards from their arriving train would be a massive attraction and would potentially attract many more visitors to the historic city and the wider Yorkshire area.”
Keith Wood, acting chairman of the tourism organisation Visit York, said York’s accessibility, with its excellent road and rail links, was a key factor in encouraging visits to the city from all across the UK.
“We welcome any initiatives that propose improvements to public transport, as we actively encourage visitors to take advantage of the city’s accessible location,” he said.