Proposed Dutch roundabout at the top of East Parade
Proposed Dutch roundabout at the top of East Parade

Harrogate Station Gateway passed a key vote of the North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) Executive today, reports the Harrogate Advertiser.

The Corporate Director presented a report to an Informal Meeting of the Executive, recommending that the project be taken forward. The vote of the Executive in favour was unanimous.

Corporate Director’s Report

The Corporate Director’s report says that the Station Gateway project is an opportunity to deliver on the results of the Harrogate Congestion Study. 77% of the 15,500 respondents asked for better cycling and walking infrastructure.

There were good levels of support for the Station Gateway in the first consultation.

In the second consultation, on the detailed designs, there was a strong level of support from those who felt that the proposals would encourage cycling and walking. Further, 52% of respondents said they would improve the look and feel of the town.

There was also significant negative feeling from people who thought the designs could increase congestion and negatively impact business.

In fact, the Economic Case shows potential economic benefits of the first large-scale investment in Harrogate in 30 years. It should enhance the image of the area, create a new destination, and make the town centre more versatile so it can be used for events.

A modelling report shows that at the busiest time of day, afternoon peak, journey time through the town centre by car could increase by 53 seconds. This will be less if people change the way they travel from cars to more sustainable means of transport.

In total 39 car parking spaces will be removed as part of the project.

Greatest Investment for Decades

The Stray Ferret’s headline is ‘Harrogate Set for Greatest Investment in Town Centre in Decades’. That is a quote from Executive Member for Access Don Mackenzie, who also spoke about similar projects in Selby and Skipton. The Ferret notes opposition to the scheme from Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce, Harrogate BID, and Independent Harrogate.

It says the next step is that detailed designs will be finalised and submitted to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority as a final business case; this should happen in May.

Work is expected to start later in 2022, with an initial completion date of March 2023 – but work could extend into 2024.

Harrogate Station Gateway Passes Key Vote

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