Train operator East Coast has made using York Station quicker and easier for the city’s thriving cycling community by opening two new ramped gateways to the station.
The northern ramp from Leeman Road fulfils a long-held aspiration of York’s residents and visitors that the station be linked to the pathway next to the Royal Mail depot leading to the riverside cycle route, which connects the city centre with the Clifton area.
Access to the south will be from Lowther Terrace into the station’s long stay car park and will save time for those arriving from the Holgate Road area of the city.
The £500,000 investment, part funded by the train operator and by Cycling City York and City of York Council, is part of a programme being carried out by East Coast to improve facilities at the stations it manages on the mainline route that links London, the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, the North East and Scotland.
East Coast Property and Projects Director Tim Hedley-Jones said: “The opening of the new cycle ramps to the north and south of the station is great news for York’s pedestrians and cyclists as it will give them easier access on to the concourse to catch services for their onward journeys.
“East Coast fully supports City of York Council’s sustainable travel policy and welcomes the opportunity to promote and encourage cycling in the city and the new ramps complement the recently opened Cycle Heaven shop on the station.
“Our successful partnership with the Council, Cycling City York and Network Rail has brought about improvements that will benefit passengers and staff alike.”
Councillor Dave Merrett, City of York Council Cabinet member for City Strategy, said: “These new accesses to the station are a tremendous step forward for walking and cycling in York, allowing people to cycle to the station without having to negotiate the difficult road conditions outside the station frontage.
“I would like to thank East Coast for making this long overdue improvement happen, and hope that many more rail commuters will try out cycling or walking to and from the station as a result. It’s good for one’s health, and good for the environment”
Access to the ramps themselves will be controlled by gates, which will be open from 05.30-22.30 seven days a week.
East Coast is currently seeking the go-ahead for 36 new bike stands to be located near the north and south ends of the inner concourse.
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