Selby is looking towards a bright future with extensive regeneration work set to draw major new investors in to boost the area’s economy.
But perhaps the most visible sign of the changes the town can look forwards to is work to upgrade the area around Selby station, creating a bold and welcoming new gateway to the centre of Selby and its public transport links.
Funding for the scheme has come from the government’s Transforming Cities Fund with contributions from Selby District Council and ourselves. Selby is one of three communities in North Yorkshire to benefit, alongside Harrogate and Skipton.
The work is designed to open up the area around the station, making it both more attractive for residents and visitors alike and easier for them to move around and use public transport – as well as creating an impressive new gateway to the town centre.
Preparatory work has been going on for some time, including design development, utilities surveys and archaeological excavations to understand whether anything of historical significance remained below ground in the area where work will take place.
When complete, the project will result in a new public space outside the station, with a new entrance into Selby Park and route towards the Abbey and town centre. In order to do this some parking will be relocated to a new car park to the east, with new access into the railway station from Cowie Drive. The main station building will also be replaced.
Access around the area will be improved with a new direct pedestrian and cycling new route beneath the Bawtry Road bridge to link with Portholme Road. The bus station area will be remodelled linking in to this new connection and the railway station. Paths and cycle routes along Ousegate will also be improved.
The work is being carried out as jointly by Selby District Council and ourselves.
Selby District Council’s lead Executive member for communities and economic development, Cllr David Buckle, said: “Selby has a lot to offer and we are working hard to release the district’s full potential for economic development.
“This is a major component in that transformation and will make a wonderful statement about Selby for visitors who use the station.
“But it is also a tremendous change for residents who visit the town centre regularly. As well as looking good, they will find their journeys are easier.”
Work on the main elements of the project is expected to start in the spring 2023.