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North Yorkshire County Council has released an artist’s impression of how Harrogate town centre will look after the £10.9m Station Gateway project.

The proposed changes include pedestrianising James Street and reducing Station Parade to single-lane traffic.

The image also shows a new cycle lane ahead of the next round of consultations next week.

Councillor Phil Ireland, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for carbon reduction and sustainability, said:

“We want to ensure this multi-million pound Transforming Cities Fund project provides an exciting and attractive gateway to Harrogate town centre that encourages people to use sustainable travel options and helps us achieve our carbon reduction goals.

“Listening to residents’ feedback provides valuable insight into achieving these aims and I’d like to thank those businesses, residents and visitors who have done so already.”

Harrogate joins Skipton and Selby in the next stage of projects totalling £42m.

Consultations took place earlier this year on the early designs of the schemes and, taking into account feedback, have been amended.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said:

“We listened to the feedback from the consultations earlier this year and have taken that response into account in the further development of the designs.

“Now, we are keen for residents to tell us how well these revised designs meet the objectives of opening up the towns’ gateways to facilitate and encourage cycling and walking and improve the quality and sense of identity in these locations.

“People can also help to define the final look of the schemes by giving their views on such details as benches and planting.”

Feedback from the consultation looked at the options for one lane in Station Parade and the pedestrianisation of James Street, as well as the detailed layout of Station Square and the balance of parking, loading and taxi space provision within the gateway area.

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