Construction on Harrogate’s £10.9 million Station Gateway project is expected to start in February next year, according to a council report.
Detailed designs for the project, which includes proposals such as reducing Station Parade to one-lane, are currently being drawn up.
It could also see part of James Street pedestrianised in an effort to encourage more walking and cycling.
“Scheme construction is anticipated to commence in February 2022 following approval of the final business case by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
“Completion of the scheme by the Department for Transport deadline date of March 2023 remains challenging.”
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The report adds that further public consultation on the detailed design plans is expected in September ahead of a final business case being complete.
A final proposal for the project is anticipated to go before the county council’s executive in December.
The report follows the recent publication of a 160-page document analysing responses to the first round of consultation to the scheme, which is a joint initiative between Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Of 935 people who replied to a consultation question about traffic on Station Parade in an online survey, 49 per cent preferred the one-lane option, 27 per cent preferred the two-lane option and 24 per cent preferred neither.
Of the 934 who replied to a question about pedestrianising the northern section of James Street, between Princes Street and Station Parade, 54 per cent said they were either positive or very positive about it while 38 per cent were negative or very negative towards it.