We've got big ambitions for the area around Selby station. This area has great potential. it's close to the town centre, has good public transport links, and could connect to new housing and employment across the town. We're working on plans for this area, building upon ideas set out in the Selby District Renaissance Strategic Development Framework (2006) and the Selby station quarter proposed SPD (2009).
The first step is to improve walking and cycling links to the rail and bus stations, to improve bus and rail facilities and to create high quality public space around the station. We have been allocated funding 'in principle' from the Transforming Cities Fund programme to help us deliver this.
The Selby Station Gateway Transforming Cities Fund project (Selby TCF for short) is part of a major programme of £317m transport infrastructure investment secured for the Leeds City Region from the Department for Transport. The Leeds City Region programme (which includes Selby, Skipton and Harrogate) is overseen by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Developing a 21st-century transport system is central to the Leeds City Region's vision of building a strong, successful, zero carbon economy that provides a great quality of life for everyone who lives and works in the region. The Transforming Cities Fund programme will:
- Provide more accessible, affordable and attractive greener transport options
- Connect people to economic and education opportunities
- Lead to happier and healthier communities for the future
You can read more about the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund programme on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority website.
North Yorkshire County Council and Selby District Council is jointly delivering the Selby TCF project. There are also projects in Harrogate and Skipton. In each town a major package of investment will improve opportunities for sustainable travel and link transport hubs with centres of education and employment - all essential to getting back on track after the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a once in a generation chance to totally re-design parts of our town centres with investment that will help to transform the areas we live in, work in and enjoy.
The Selby TCF project will:
- Improve rail and bus facilities, including a new rail station building front
- Create a new public space in front of the rail station
- Create a new entrance into Selby Park, providing a new park path through to the town centre and Abbey
- Provide new and upgraded walking and cycling routes, including a direct link from the station to Portholme Road
- Create a new public space on the former Ousegate wharf
- Create a new car park and eastern access into the rail station from Cowie Drive
We have carried out two public consultations about design ideas for the TCF, in September 2019 and the March 2021. You can read about the First consultation proposals and see how the ideas developed for the second consultation proposals, including the Outcome Report. We continue to discuss the proposals with stakeholders, such as Network Rail, Historic England and the Canal and River Trust among others.
Links with other projects
The Selby TCF project is one of a number of Selby projects, including the Selby High Street Heritage Action Zone.
We are also considering the future of our towns. This includes how we use town centre spaces, how we move about our towns and the impact of climate change, including our Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs). You can also read about the work on a new Local Plan which sets out the planning policy for the whole district.