A FOOTBRIDGE has been removed as work to transform the front of York Station gets underway.

The footbridge to the York RI building in Queen Street has now been removed as work on the York Station Gateway project continues.

The slip road which runs down to York RI gym and closed while work was being carried out, has now reopened.

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York Press: The empty space where the RI footbridge used to beThe empty space where the RI footbridge used to be (Image: Haydn Lewis)

As previously reported by The Press, John Sisk & Son (Sisk) is the main contractor for the first phase of the works worth £7.8 million. This includes removal of Queen Street bridge, realignment of Queen Street, creation of the new Station Square, improvements to the cycle and pedestrian routes and an enhanced interchange for buses.

Sisk has set up in the long stay car park, which remains open although some sections have closed and the road surface has been removed, this means there are fewer spaces available.

York Press: The car park surface has been dug upThe car park surface has been dug up (Image: Haydn Lewis)

The project will provide an improved transport interchange and public spaces around the station. The full scheme is valued at over £25 million.

Cllr Pete Kilbane, deputy leader of City of York Council and executive member for transport and the economy has said: “This is another step forward for the project which will create a fitting gateway to our historic railway station.

“The project will deliver significant transport improvements as well as welcoming public spaces that will bring major economic and social benefits, alongside the development of York Central.

“We are working closely with our partners to keep people informed and also to minimise disruption.”

York Press: Cllr Pete KilbaneCllr Pete Kilbane (Image: Staff)

Kevin Wilcock, project manager for John Sisk & Son, said: “The York Station Gateway project is vital for the benefits it will bring long-term to transport around the station, and the spaces that will be created for the community. This will help to improve the area in the vicinity of the iconic York Railway Station and the city walls.

“We are working with local residents to minimise disruption to locals, businesses, and the travelling public.”

York Press: What the station gateway will look like once completeWhat the station gateway will look like once complete (Image: Pic supplied)

Businesses, including the York RI, will remain open throughout and accessible via a diversion through the LNER station long stay car park entrance. 

The scheme is being delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Network Rail.

York Press: The slip road has now reopenedThe slip road has now reopened (Image: Haydn Lewis)