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York Central is an exciting development scheme with enormous potential to deliver economic growth, jobs and sustainable housing for the city.

Our vision for transformation

We have a £50 million vision to completely transform the museum to be fitting of the stunning new neighbourhood that will be created by York Central. We will bring the epic story of railways past, present and future alive and open up our world-class collections for even more people to enjoy. We aspire to complete this transformation by 2025—our 50th anniversary.

Our Masterplan comprises six key elements: 

Map of proposed York Central developments - Image courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Wilkinson Eyre
Image courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre/Gustafson, Porter & Bowman


Central Hall

Movement and connectivity through the museum

Following the review and evaluation of comments and ideas contributed at recent public consultation events, we have selected a preferred option for access through the museum as part of the York Central Development. All the options and ideas were evaluated against the criteria of safety, convenience and enabling the delivery of a Central Gallery.

The museum would provide 24-hour pedestrian and cycle access through our South Yard and pedestrian access through the museum during opening hours. This route will pass by residential housing and the cafes and businesses of the new ‘boulevard’ that will be created as part of the development, together with a wide level crossing through the museum’s South Yard and the new residential street on the Concrete Works site.

This route would be safe and well-lit with a high degree of natural surveillance. This route is shorter than the route originally proposed earlier in 2018, due to the museum agreeing to allocate further land to facilitate cycle and pedestrian connectivity. This option is also recommended by North Yorkshire Police from a safety perspective. 

Map showing Indicative alignment of the proposed access options through the museum site
Indicative alignment of the proposed access options through the museum site

Further details and explanation of the reasons for choosing this pedestrian and cycle access is set out in the Addendum to the Planning Application for York Central. The application reference is 18/01884/OUTM and can be found at the City of York Council website.

We welcome you to have your say as part of the Planning Application.
There will be future opportunities to be engaged in the detailed alignment of these access routes, as we will work alongside the local community to design the Central Gallery during the detailed design stage from Autumn 2019. 

Diverting Leeman Road

Have your say about York Central

We have been involved in a wide range of engagement work since 2016 to hear views from the local community on our proposals as part of the York Central development.

We invited residents and visitors to come along and talk to us, find out more and share thoughts and ideas at an exhibition at the museum’s main entrance on Wednesday 25 July and Saturday 28 July 2018. 

If you were unable to attend the exhibitions, you can view the content of the exhibition panels as a PDF.

You can also read a summary of the feedback received during the exhibitions.

The deadline for comments as part of the public consultation has now passed and our preferred option for access has been selected, but if you have any questions or need any clarification you get in touch at can find out more about these on the York Central website.