A new bridge, a new road and more – Massive York Central plans revealed

The York Central bridge. Image: planning documents

A new bridge is set to be built across the East Coast Mainline – and a new pedestrian and cycle path could be added to Water End bridge – under plans for York Central.

The major scheme is set to take a step forward when City of York Council submits its next planning application – detailing roads, bus lanes and cycle and footpaths for the development.


Under the plans a new road bridge would be built over the railway line to link the two ends of the development – with a segregated path for pedestrians and cyclists on each carriageway.

And a new four-metre wide extension would be added to Water End road bridge – similar to Scarborough Bridge.

New road

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The application will also include:

  • a new road into the site from Water End, with a segregated 3.5m-wide two-way cycle path
  • a pedestrian and dedicated cycle lane through Leeman Road tunnel
  • new parking at the station
  • a bus lane along Cinder Street – a main route through the site – with priority for public transport vehicles
  • new Park&Ride stops
  • a new 12-space taxi rank and drop off area at the station
  • a spur line linking the East Coast Mainline to the National Railway Museum and including the NRM visitor experience ride.

The application will not include details about homes, business space or public spaces for the site.


Council leader Keith Aspden encouraged people to give their feedback on the plans, saying:

  • York Central has enormous potential to deliver a wide-range of benefits to the city, including new homes, new jobs and new sustainable transport links in the heart of the city.”

    Together with our partners, we have placed public engagement at the centre of our proposals to provide the homes, jobs and public spaces which the city needs.

Plans on show

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The plans are on show at York Explore, the Railway Institute and West Offices and drop in sessions have been organised where people can ask questions.

The plans are on show at

  • City of York Council West Offices in the foyer from Monday February 24 to Friday March 6, 8am to 6pm
  • York Explore Library Monday February 24 to Sunday March 1, Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm
  • and the Railway Institute Sports Club, Monday March 2 to Friday March 6 from 7am to 10pm.

The drop-in sessions take place

  • on Tuesday February 25 at City of York Council West Offices from 9am to 1pm
  • on Thursday February 27 at St Barnabas Church, Jubilee Terrace from 1pm to 5pm
  • on Saturday February 29 at York Explore Library from 10am to 1pm
  • on Wednesday March 4 at York Explore Library Square from 10am to 1pm and from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

The planning application is due to be submitted at the end of March.