Here’s how Harrogate’s Station Parade and James Street will look under the proposed £10.9m Station Gateway project.
North Yorkshire County Council today published an artist’s impression of the area that will be most affected by the ambitious scheme.
It shows a new cycle lane alongside a filter lane to Station Bridge on a section of a single lane Station Parade and a traffic-free, pedestrianised James Street.
The image was published in the run-up to further consultation on the scheme starting next week.
Plans to reduce Station Parade to single lane traffic and pedestrianise James Street have divided opinion.
Many people welcome the move to encourage cycling and walking but some businesses are concerned about the loss of parking spaces and the impact on trade.
Encourage sustainable travel
The Harrogate scheme is one of three projects worth a combined £42m in Harrogate, Skipton and Selby.
They are being delivered in partnership by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, North Yorkshire County Council, Harrogate Borough Council, Craven District Council and Selby District Council.
A statement by North Yorkshire County Council said today the projects would “transform each travel gateway by boosting public transport, encouraging sustainable travel and upgrading the public realm for residents and visitors alike”.
It added feedback from the earlier consultation into the Harrogate scheme “had been taken into account when looking at the options for one lane in Station Parade and pedestrianisation of James Street, as well as the detailed layout of Station Square and the balance of parking, loading and taxi space provision within the gateway area”.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, the executive member for access, said:
“We listened to the feedback from the consultations earlier this year and have taken that response into account in the further development of the designs.
“Now, we are keen for residents to tell us how well these revised designs meet the objectives of opening up the towns’ gateways to facilitate and encourage cycling and walking and improve the quality and sense of identity in these locations.
“People can also help to define the final look of the schemes by giving their views on such details as benches and planting.”
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Councillor Phil Ireland, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for carbon reduction and sustainability, said:
“We want to ensure this multi-million pound Transforming Cities Fund project provides an exciting and attractive gateway to Harrogate town centre that encourages people to use sustainable travel options and helps us achieve our carbon reduction goals.”
Work due to begin in summer
The schemes are being delivered with money from the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund, which aims to “transform gateways to towns and cities across the region by making it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport”.
Online events will take place from 6pm until 7pm on October 21 and October 28 for the Harrogate scheme.
Details of the online consultation, which runs until November 12, will be available from Monday at www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/northyorkshire
Following this consultation, a final business case will be prepared before approval is sought to deliver the schemes.
It is anticipated that work will begin by mid-2022 and be completed by March 2023.