Public inquiry on closure of (part of) Leeman Road

Detail of proposed routes around and through the railway museum

Detail of proposed routes around and through the railway museum

I was pleased to find the document above, on this link (ref CD1.7 in the list). I had been a bit confused about what ‘the closure of Leeman Road’ entailed, exactly.

Not the whole of it, clearly. It’s the section denoted by the blue dashes.

It’s still very important — part of the York Central redevelopment — and clearly very controversial, and it’s made me think a lot — not for the first time — about many things connected with the York as we’ve known it and the York it might be becoming.

While I was compiling the recent pages on Cinder Lane and Leeman Road, a public inquiry was underway, on this proposed ‘stopping up’ of the road, as it’s termed.

The inquiry has now finished, but from the documents made available online because of it I was able to find the helpful plan above.

I watched a bit of the livestream of the inquiry, on its final day, and looked at some of the accompanying documents, and wanted to get together on here a bit of information on this. Well, I say ‘wanted to’, I mean I felt like I should. It’s an important thing, but it’s also rather long-winded and detailed. More later perhaps. Credit to those who have waded through the detail and taken it to the public inquiry stage.

Update – I’ve now added more information, see Railway Museum plans and Leeman Road.

Update: 23 Sept 2021

Local media reports today:

Great news – or a huge two-fingers to York? Leeman Road will close, rules Transport Secretary (York Mix)

Grant Shapps gives green light to close Leeman Road in York (York Press)

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