Pedestrianisation scheme in Selby

NY Highways undertook a project to improve pedestrian areas on New Lane in Selby, which is in the town’s busy shopping area. The work started in November 2023 and was completed in March 2024.

The project in Selby was a partnership between NY Highways and Align Property Services, who have been working together since 2022. The work undertaken by the two companies include capital maintenance schemes, safer roads schemes, and other general capital works.

The problem:

The client, Selby District Council, wanted to rejuvenate the High Street in Selby to attract more visitors and help the local economy.

To do this, improvements were required to pavements and roads in busy pedestrian area in order to improve accessibility to New Lane as well as ensuring the aesthetics complimented that of the buildings in the surrounding area.


The solution:

NY Highways and Align Property Services collaborated to provide a plan of work that met and exceeded the client’s brief.

The work on New Lane involved:

  • widening the footways,
  • replacing the existing kerbs with conservation kerbs,
  • replacing the existing asphalt carriageway with a new shared surface asphalt that compliments the new Yorkstone footway paving,
  • introducing tactile paving at pedestrian crossing points,
  • replacing the narrow, worn uneven tarmac footways with Yorkstone paving flags, and;
  • repositioning the road gullies to accommodate the wider footways.

Throughout the works access was maintained to the business premises using temporary walkways and alternative footways to ensure that disruption was reduced a minimum.

Due to the discovery of a cellar within the works area, the footway works could have been delayed – however with the partnership working arrangements in place, this was managed and did not have a negative impact on the completion of the Stage 1 works. Completion was prior to the Christmas break.

The project resumed quickly in January, with the carriageway surfacing and road marking works carried out in March taking place under night works due to the increased pedestrian footfall.

By late-March, the project was nearing completion, with Yorkstone paving flags being laid and grouted, the installation of additional road gullies, and the planing-out of the carriageway.

The surfacing and lining works were completed on a Thursday night, however, as a result of a car fire on the following Saturday night, a small area was damaged on the newly completed Tarmac Ulticolour surface.

Despite the setback, the remedial work was completed quickly, with the damaged area milled out and resurfaced on the following Monday night.

The result:

The project has delivered an improved surface for access by pedestrians, including the wider pavements, crossing points and the new raised table / pedestrian crossing point. These improvements will facilitate the access to all the businesses and properties within this length of New Lane.

The Yorkstone paving, alongside the conservation kerbs, has enhanced the visual aspects of the area and has created a warm and welcome atmosphere to an area that appeared narrow and dominated by vehicles.

The project has demonstrated the value in a good collaborative partnership between NY Highways and Align Property Services, which can produce a high-quality service that exceeds the requirements of the client whilst also achieving value for money.

Find out more:

NY Highways can provide maintenance to pavements and kerbs on private land for various sectors, including housebuilders, developers, schools, public sector organisations, private sector businesses and much more.