Residents and businesses urged to give views on gateway plans

This story was published 15 July 2022

Residents and businesses in the Harrogate area have a further chance to give feedback on the details of an ambitious £10.9m scheme to transform the area around the town’s railway and bus stations.

Cllr Duncan and Cllr Ireland in Harrogate

The project is part of a £42m Transforming Cities Fund investment within North Yorkshire, which will also see the station gateways in Selby and Skipton enhanced.

Ourselves, Harrogate Borough Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are working together on the Harrogate scheme to deliver improvements to walking, cycling and public transport links to benefit residents, businesses and visitors.

Proposals include improved railway and bus station frontages with better access and improved facilities for walking and cycling in the town centre and improvements to public spaces. The aim is to increase access to jobs, education, healthcare and leisure facilities, while improving health and wellbeing by enabling easier walking and cycling and making the town more welcoming to residents, visitors and businesses.

In consultations last year, members of the public were invited to give views on whether to progress with the proposals, then on more detailed designs. Following feedback from those consultations, the designs have been developed further. The latest consultation does not revisit previous questions, instead inviting people to comment on the further detail of elements of the scheme.

Executive member for highways and transportation, Cllr Keane Duncan, said: “The county council is keen to hear views on ambitious plans to help make Harrogate town centre more accessible to residents and visitors.

“As part of the latest consultation we will be sharing updated designs and seeking views on key elements of the Gateway project, particularly around traffic and transport. Your responses will be vital to ensuring we deliver the very best scheme for residents and businesses.”

The consultation launches on Wednesday, July 20, and will be open until Tuesday, August 23, 2022. From July 20, people can take part in the consultation online.

Paper copies of the consultation information and survey will be available from Harrogate and Starbeck libraries, the Victoria Shopping Centre, Harrogate Borough Council offices, or on request from transformingcities@northyorks.gov.uk or 01609 780780.

The public will be able to hear more about the proposals and ask questions at an online event or drop-in session before completing the consultation survey.

Drop-in sessions will be held at the Victoria Shopping Centre on Thursday 4 August; Friday 5 August; and Saturday 6 August, from 9am to 5pm each day.

An online event will be held on Wednesday, August 10, at 6pm. See details of how to join the online event.

Councillor Phil Ireland, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for carbon reduction and sustainability, said: “The proposals for Harrogate will create an exemplary and attractive gateway to the town while also providing high-quality accessible and sustainable transport links with an emphasis on active travel options.

“Now more than ever, we need to focus our attention on better access for walking and cycling which will not only improve health and wellbeing but also support our overall vision to have a net zero-carbon economy by 2038.”

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said: “We are pleased to be working with our local authority partners across North Yorkshire, including Harrogate, on schemes that will make it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport.”

All consultation responses will be fully considered by the county council’s executive before it makes its decision.

You can view the outcome of the first consultation and outcome of the second consultation.