York cycle route to re-open following pressure from council

A key cycle route that was closed by LNER has re-opened following pressure from the City of York Council.

LNER had decided to close a gate in Lowtham Terrace for around 18 months - which is a commonly used cycle route - while work is undertaken to upgrade York railway station.

Cyclists complained the closure would have meant they would have to commute via Blossom Street, "a black spot for accidents with virtually no cycle infrastructure," according to Sarah Opie via X.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Council officers were in discussions with LNER to re-open the route and have now agreed to re-open the route from 8pm on Friday, April 19.

York Station Gateway project CGIsYork Station Gateway project CGIs
York Station Gateway project CGIs

Coun Pete Kilbane, deputy leader of the council and executive member for transport and economy, said: “Our thanks go to residents for their patience while we worked with LNER to find a way to safely reopen the Lowther Terrace gates at around 8pm on Friday April 19.

“The gates were initially closed due to safety concerns around the bottleneck at the station building end of the car park.

“These new arrangements will allow all pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to move safely through the car park.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“For the arrangements to operate successfully it is incumbent on all users to follow the set routes.

“We continue to work with LNER and Network Rail to try and ensure active travel routes through the car park during the works, though we acknowledge this may not be possible when construction activity is at its height.”

The closure was initially planned to allow work on the York Station Gateway project, which will "improve access to York station, by providing an easier and safer experience for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users".

But there is no guarantee that it would not need to close at some point to complete the project.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Following the initial closure, an LNER spokesperson said: "We continue to work with our partners on the York Station Gateway project, which will transform the area.

“Due to the increase in construction work around the car park and for the safety of all station users, the pedestrian gates at the end of the long-stay car park have been temporarily closed as we explore other options.

“Once delivered, the York Station Gateway project will significantly improve access to the station for everyone, ensuring that all visitors and customers have a special, warm welcome as they arrive in York."

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.