NRM upgrade moves towards final blueprint

DETAILS of the National Railway Museum’s planned £50 million refurbishment and expansion have emerged.

The York museum is busy fine-tuning a seven-year masterplan aimed at reinforcing its place as one of Britain’s leading tourist attractions.

The blueprint is based around closing and diverting Leeman Road, which currently divides the museum in two, leaving both sides linked by an underpass. A new museum building will be constructed on the site of the road.

An artist’s impression of the proposed new entrance to the National Railway Museum. WILKINSON EYRE

The museum’s expansion has been facilitated by the £623 million York Central development plans which include 120,000 sq m of new office space and 2500 homes, making it the ‘King’s Cross of the north.’

Site infrastructure

The York Central project has already acquired Enterprise Zone status, granted in November, which enables the council to retain additional business rates from any development. This means it could borrow against future income to fund site infrastructure. The site comprises around 72 hectares of land next to the city’s station, but which at present it is largely landlocked, making vehicular access difficult

City of York Council aims to spend £78 million on infrastructure to provide access to the site. It is expected that the York Central scheme would take up to 20 years to complete.

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