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Stopping Up Order Confirmed for Leeman Road

The Secretary of State for Transport has approved a Stopping Up Order for a section of Leeman Road in York following a Public Inquiry.

The decision to close a 220m stretch of Leeman Road to the public will enable the 45-hectare York Central development and the museum’s Vision 2025 masterplan to proceed.

The part of Leeman Road affected will not close until a new alternative access road and pedestrian and cycle routes are complete and open to the public.

York Central is a partnership between the National Railway Museum, Network Rail, Homes England and City of York Council. It promises to redevelop brownfield land close to York Railway Station, to create 2,500 homes and a commercial quarter creating up to 6,500 jobs.

A spokesperson for the York Central Partnership said:

“We are delighted by the Secretary of State’s decision to confirm the Stopping-Up Order for Leeman Road. The announcement gives us the ability and the impetus to continue with our work to transform the wider York Central site into a new, vibrant city quarter offering a residential neighbourhood, buzzing cultural spaces and a thriving business district.

“As we move forward with our work, we will keep engaging with local residents and others in the city to ensure that their needs and their hopes for the project continue to be heard and can continue to shape York Central.”

The Public Inquiry was held on 27–30 April and 4 May 2021. The full planning Inspectorate Report can be accessed on the Inquiry website:

Find out more about York Central and Vision 2025.


For more information, please contact:

Simon Baylis, PR & Press Manager at the National Railway Museum
01904 686 299 /

Notes to Editors

  • The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and prior to the pandemic, attracted more than 750,000 visitors per year
  • The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals as well as railway uniform, equipment, documents, artwork and photographs
  • The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion in Shildon
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