National Railway Museum masterplan revealed

Simon Stephens, 17.01.2018
£50m redevelopment part of York Central development
Details have emerged of a £50m redevelopment of York’s National Railway Museum (NRM) after an internal document was obtained by the media.

The project is part of a seven-year masterplan for the museum, which is part of the Science Museum Group.

A report on YorkMix website said the project will see the two halves of the museum, which are divided by a road, unified by a new building.

The NRM would not give details of the materplan but a statement from the museum’s director, Judith McNicol, said: “The detail of our plans and the exact timetable are all subject to funding and we have a long way to go to make our vision a reality. There are many things that need to come together to enable us to deliver our aspirations, including the broader York Central development.

“We have a really bold vision for the museum and exciting ambitions for its transformation that would bring huge benefits to the local community and all our visitors. The redeveloped museum would open up our fantastic collections to many thousands more people and enable them to discover the vital impact that railways have had upon all our lives as well as inspiring the next generation of rail engineers.”

York Central is a large brownfield site to the west of the city’s railway station. The scheme to develop it includes the City of York Council, Network Rail, Homes England and NRM.